Chelsea Remains Our Biggest Title Rivals—Dzeko

dzekoEdin Dzeko sees Chelsea as the biggest threat to his chances of spearheading another title march at Manchester City.

Dzeko has his sights set on a third Premier League success in four years for defending champions City.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side goes to Arsenal on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a shock defeat to Stoke before the international break.

But it is fast-starting Chelsea – who visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday week – who the big striker fears most.

Dzeko said: “As with every season, there are several teams that will battle for the title of champions.

“This season Chelsea might be the most serious challenger, but we must not ignore Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, or United, who will certainly be much stronger than last year.

“After all, everyone has gotten stronger, and everyone wants to be first. “It will be difficult, but I’m an optimist.”

And the 28-year-old has another crucial role to play – especially if Stevan Jovetic is ruled out for any length of time with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty with Montenegro.

With Alvaro Negredo and John Guidetti leaving City on transfer deadline day that would leave Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as the only two fit out-and-out senior strikers in Pellegrini’s squad.

Dzeko’s five goals in City’s final four games last season helped return the league title to the club and earned him a new long-term deal.

“The past season was one of the best in my career,” he said.

“In the end, we reached the title of champions of England, the second in the past three seasons, and we succeeded in winning the Capital One Cup.

“I am really happy how everything played out, both for the club and for myself.”

“The manager believes in me, which is certainly important, and I give my all on the pitch and, altogether, it means quite a lot to me because City is a club with great ambitions.

“I easily decided to stay put. In general, I had no dilemma around an extension.” — Dailystar

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