Lescott - Pressure on Reds

City defender ready for Sunday showdown

Lescott: Pressure on Reds

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Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has cranked up the tension ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with top four rivals Liverpool at Eastlands.

"I believe that all the pressure is now on Liverpool."

Joleon Lescott.

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City currently hold a slender advantage in the battle for the final UEFA Champions League spot as they lead the Reds by one point with a game in hand.

Tottenham and Aston Villa are also firmly in the race as the Premier League season enters what promises to be a thrilling home stretch.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has 'guaranteed' that his troops will finish in the top four, while City boss Roberto Mancini has set himself a similar target.

Huge

The ambitious Eastlands outfit climbed back above their rivals with Tuesday's scrappy and somewhat fortunate 1-1 draw at 10-man Stoke.

Despite the manner of their victory, centre-back Lescott believes that going into Sunday's match in the ascendancy will give them an important edge.

Lescott said: "It's huge for us that we're going into that game above them now thanks to the result at Stoke.

"We still believe we can get into the Champions League - and I believe that all the pressure is now on Liverpool."