Neil Warnock has taken back his fairly outrageous comments about the team he’d put out on Wednesday night for Cardiff v Manchester City.
In the aftermath of Cardiff’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, which was largely down to very poor officiating, a furious Warnock claimed he’d field kids against Pep Guardiola’s side and expect to lose by double figures.
But today, the 70-year-old Cardiff boss has taken it back, promising to pick a proper team that will be up for the biggest upset in the Premier League this season.
“I won’t field a weakened side against City, don’t worry, and I’ll make sure my lads are right up for this one,” Warnock said, reported in the Echo.
“We haven’t got enough (under-23s) and none of the lads want to travel! So I’ve got to stick to the first team.
“Jurgen has done a fantastic job getting to where they are. Pep is another level, I admire what they’re doing for English football.
“Let’s not use my comments as a defeatist attitude…
“I don’t want to go there and shut the shop up. Let’s go and have a go, I wanted to do that against Chelsea, although it turned out sour.
“I won’t know until I look at the faces on Wednesday night whether people aren’t up for it. It’s important we give a good account of ourselves.
“I’ve told them there’s no excuses. They’ve all got to turn up. We’ve got to do our best in the game.
“City have taken the Premier League to another level. It’s the highest odds in a game this season – 40/1 in a two horse race! The bookies say they’ve never seen betting like it but we’ve got a genuine team.”
Despite Warnock’s comments, we’re not expecting Cardiff to do us any favours!
That’s not because they won’t put the effort in, but because Manchester City are simply on a different level.
Right now. Guardiola’s side are destroying everybody with rather irritating ease. We’re already awarding them the three points v Cardiff, but very much that their next PL tie, which is away to Crystal Palace, or the one after, at home to Spurs, provides more difficulty!