Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zaba Insists Passion Play Is the Way to Beat United

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zaba Insists Passion Play Is the Way to Beat United

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THE derby is just about three vital points for City and United players fi but Pablo Zabaleta is making sure his Blues teammates know how much it means to the fans.

Zabaleta is an adopted Mancunian and a veteran of these clashes - with the scars to show for it - and while he stresses the need for professionalism, he also acknowledges that passion is to the fore when local rivals meet.

"These games are always bigger than any other game," said Zabaleta.

"The players know how much this game means to the fans, but we also know we can't drop any points.

"Leicester keep winning their games, and then you look at the rest of the teams and everything is really tight from third place down to sixth or seventh.

"The points difference is one, two and four so United will be a game where we need to secure the three points but also perform well. …

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