In-form goal poacher Edin Dzeko is raring to face his old opposition Borussia Dortmund during Manchester City’s Champions League clash tomorrow.
The 26-year-old forward has netted four times this season for the Blues – including a late winner against Fulham on Saturday – and is keen to rediscover his Bundesliga form against the German champions.
The Bosnian scored 85 goals in just 142 games in his three years with Wolfsburg before switching to Eastlands and he is hoping to help City register their first points in the group against stuttering Dortmund.
“Dortmund have won the Bundesliga for the last two years and I know from experience that is very hard to do so there is no doubt they are a top team and one we’ll need to be at our best to beat,” he said.
“I remember playing against them on a number of occasions and I think I scored maybe three goals against them in perhaps seven games – I can only remember three, anyway!
“Dortmund have a made a similar start to us this season in that they have been scoring goals but conceding them as well. Having said that, they beat Monchengladbach 5-0 at the weekend so they are showing signs of coming into form.”
The Blues face their second battle in the Group of Champions and Dzeko revealed that the added pressure of being the team to beat has affected Roberto Mancini’s men.
“Like us, it is difficult when you are defending champions because everyone gives 150% against you and want to beat you perhaps more than any other team,” he added.
“It’s something new for us this season, too, so there are definitely similarities between the two clubs.”
Despite finding his shooting boots again, Dzeko is still unable to cement his place in the starting line-up, leading many to speculate about a move away from the Etihad for the striker – but they are just rumours he insists.
“Every time I see a newspaper – for what seems like for a year or more – there is s story saying that I am leaving City or that I want to go,” he said.
“I’ve never said any of that so the stories don’t come from me – I’ve always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place and my motto has always been ‘never give up’.
“I hope the City fans, who have always been fantastic towards me, have seen I can score some important goals for the team and that’s what I want to carry on doing.”