Friday 18 January 2019

City old boy Whelan keen to make amends

Stoke’s Glenn Whelan (l) Pic: Reuters
Stoke’s Glenn Whelan (l) Pic: Reuters

Ireland international Glenn Whelan has revenge in mind when he returns to Manchester City tonight, the place where his senior career took off.

Dubliner Whelan made just one first-team appearance in his time at City but he grateful to the club for giving him the "grounding" for a career that's seen him win 78 senior caps and make 270 Premier League appearances.

His last meeting with City was a painful one, Stoke on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline, a game that's still on his mind. "It's always nice to go back but better if we can go and get a result tonight, especially after the disappointing result earlier in the season," says the 33-year-old.

"The game didn't merit the 4-1 scoreline - they scored two late goals in the 89th and 90th minute when we were right in the game.

"Four-one was a bit of a hammering so we'll go there and put in a performance and hopefully get the right result then we can forget about the home result," added Whelan ahead of his return.

"it's where I started out,. They give me the grounding to where I am today -I spent five and a half years there and loved every minute of it."

Key for Stoke this season is the chance to better last season's ninth-place finish.

"It's not just about finishing in ninth place again," Whelan said.

"The manager set targets for us all at the start of the season. I know West Brom are a few points ahead of us at the moment but we are chasing them."

City are also chasing the teams above them, but boss Pep Guardiola says he only has eyes for Stoke this week.

"We're focused on the next game. The gap is so big and it depends on the Stoke game," he said.


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