Fyra matcher kvar att spela av säsongens Premier League, vi kommer med största sannolikhet att behöva vinna våra kamper om vi ska ha en chans att ta hem titeln. Första hindret på vägen är Cardiff, ett lag som kämpar för att hålla sig kvar i den högsta serien till nästa säsong. Oliver Cassidy(@ollieblubirds) gästar oss än en gång i sin roll som Cardiff-expert och ger oss en bild av hur statusen är hos våra motståndare. Bör tilläggas att intervjun gjordes innan Cardiffs seger över Brighton tidigare i veckan:
1. You are five points behind Brighton and the 17th place in the table, how do you rate your chances of staying up?
It all comes down to Tuesday night! We play Brighton at the AMEX and if we can pick up 3 points, we still have a good chance of staying up. If we cannot get a win against Brighton, then realistically, we are relegated.
2. How has this season back in the Premier League been?
Bearing in mind some ”pundits” said we will go down with record low points, we have all enjoyed the journey. Obviously, the Emiliano Sala situation was heartbreaking but the whole club from fans to staff have made the city proud. With 5 games to go, we have given ourselves a chance of staying up and most of our fans would’ve taken that at the start of the season.
3. What do you think are the main reasons for you being in the relegation battle?
The main reason is plain and simple. We have a championship squad (bar a couple of players) playing in the Premier League. We only spent £20 million pounds in the summer as we don’t have the same amount of money as the other two clubs who were promoted with us. But as Fulham have shown, it’s not all about money. When we did break our transfer record, it all ended tragically.
4. Huddersfield, Fulham and Southampton have changed thier manager during this season, do you think Cardiff has made the right decision by sticking to Neil Warnock?
Cardiff have 100% made the right decision keeping Neil Warnock. If we stay up, he deserves manager of the year! No other manager on the planet could do better with the same set of players Warnock has at his disposal. He also wants to stay next year (whatever league we are in) and I hope the board keeps the faith with Neil Warnock and give him another year.
5. Which of your players have impressed you the most this season? Any disappointments?
There are a few players who have surprised so many Cardiff fans, this year. The three players that stand out are Sol Bamba, Neil Etheridge and Victor Camarasa. Etheridge has kept us in so many games and has the 2nd most amount of saves in the Premier League. Sol Bamba is our joint top scorer and he is a centre back and is injured for the rest of the season! As well as the goals, Bamba has shown real leadership qualities and it’s such a shame about his injury. Victor Camarasa has impressed me the most though because he was a real unknown player when we bought him on loan in the summer. However he has scored a lot of goals along with crucial assists. Apparently big teams such as Tottenham want to sign Camarasa and I can see why!
6. What kind of game do you expect against Liverpool?
I expect Liverpool to dominate possession and create loads of chances. However, I expect Cardiff to put in a valiant performance and if we get a result against Brighton, then I don’t think it will be as easy as some Liverpool fans are expecting. I think we’ll lose but it will be a close game!