Stevan Jovetic has promised Manchester City will mount an attack on the Champions League this season, as Manuel Pellegrini’s team target every competition they are entering.
The Montenegrin produced his finest display for City since signing in July 2013 when scoring twice in the 3-1 home win over Liverpool on Monday. Jovetic had an injury-plagued debut season following his £22m move from Fiorentina but has now started in City’s first two games.
Victory over Liverpool followed the opening day win at Newcastle United to suggest there will be no complacency as City try to retain the title.
“We have a really good team and I am enjoying playing with such good players,” Jovetic said. “But we have to go step by step. It’s too early to speak about titles or the Champions League but we are going to attack all of those. We are a good team, with good players, and we can do it.”
Last season City reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time before losing to Barcelona in the last 16. The group phase is drawn on Thursday and Jovetic said City have no fears. “We will see who we get it – we are afraid of no one.Of course it would be better if we got some of the not-so-good teams in the group, but we will play whoever we have to play.”
Despite Jovetic’s injury problems City have still received inquiries about the 24-year-old this summer. Pellegrini said: “A lot of teams wanted him this year but we have always said no, he must stay here with our squad.”
Jovetic said: “It is most important when the staff, the coach and the president are satisfied with you. When they believe in you, it is very important, and my way of saying thank you is to play well.
Jovetic also scored twice for Fiorentina against Liverpool en route to knocking the Merseyside club out of the 2009-10 Champions League at the group stage. “It seems like I enjoy playing them,” he said. “I played against them in 2009 with Fiorentina and scored two goals, then two more against them in pre-season and again this time. I don’t know why it is, but I hope it continues at Anfield. It is more difficult to score in the big games, so that makes me happy.
“I am very happy because it was an important game against Liverpool and we played very well – all of the team.
“I am happy for my goals and hope I can continue like this. Last year was very difficult. But that is past and I don’t even think about that. I just concentrate on the future, and the next game, and hope I can continue like this. I did so many tests, with so many doctors and discovered what the problem was. Now I feel good, and am working well. The doctor told me it wasn’t a big problem. My hamstrings were not so strong. Now I am working on them in the gym.”