Thursday 23 November 2017

Edin Dzeko: World class signings have made is better

Edin Dzeko scores his team's fifth goal
Edin Dzeko scores his team's fifth goal

Edin Dzeko was pleased to see Sergio Aguero make his Manchester City return as the 2011 winners beat Blackburn Rovers 5-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay.

Rovers battled to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park just 11 days ago but they had no answer for a rampant City at the Etihad.

Alvaro Negredo scored either side of half-time to put City 2-0 up and when Dzeko netted a third the tie was effectively over as a contest.

Aguero then scored with just his second touch within a minute of making his return after eight games out through a calf injury and Dzeko bagged the fifth to take City's goal total for the season to 99.

The return of Aguero is likely to limit Dzeko's first-team chances for Manuel Pellegrini's men but the striker was pleased to see his team-mate back in action.

"That's great news for the team because he's one of the important players for the team," he told ITV1.

City are still in the hunt for four trophies but Dzeko is refusing to get carried away, despite admitting that this year's vintage is better than the City team that won the Barclays Premier League in 2012.

"We are still there for four trophies but our target is to try to to win every next game," he added.

"We have a few world class players especially bought in the new season like Fernandinho, Navas, Negredo.

"It's amazing to have them here and that's why we are better."

Rovers gave a battling performance in the first half but were blown away after the interval and Dzeko admitted the timing of Negredo's opener on the stroke of half time was key.

"I don't think it was easy especially in the first half when we managed to score the late goal," he said.

"I think that was very, very important for us. Also the first goal in the second half and the second in the game and then, as usual, we scored some more."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer heaped praise on City and Pellegrini and sees no reason why they cannot go on and win the Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup.

He said: "They're a phenomenal squad and phenomenal players and why can't they win all four?

"The manager is fantastic. He encourages them to just score more and more goals and it's phenomenal. And with the quality he's got, we were delighted when Negredo was going off and they brought Aguero on."

Bowyer was also quick to hail his own players despite them being on the end of a 5-0 scoreline.

"Full credit to us, we were excellent," he said. "We kept going, didn't let the heads drop and we forced the goalie into some good saves in the second half.

"You saw the difference in the Championship and the Premiership. That was clinical finishing and you can see why they score so many goals.

"I'm nothing but proud of our young boys tonight and hopefully they've learned a big lesson."

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