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Guidetti's Hope

John Guidetti in training at Clayton Wood

Image by: Phil Greig

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15:31 18th February 2014

Forward refusing to write off testing City encounter...

JOHN GUIDETTI believes there is no reason why his Stoke City teammates can’t upstage title favourites Manchester City when the two sides lock horns on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens have been rampant on home turf this campaign, racking up 11 victories from their 12 Premier League fixtures thus far, with only Chelsea denying them of all three points at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite that, Guidetti, who is ineligible to feature against his parent side, feels the Potters can take huge encouragement from the fact that they have already taken a point off City earlier in the campaign, as well as recording recent victories over both Chelsea and Manchester United.

“It's a big game and I hope that they can go there and do well,” he told stokecityfc.com.

“It’s disappointing that I can’t play in the game, so the next one for me is Arsenal the week after, but before that we have to believe that we can go there and get a positive result.

“I have a great amount of trust in the team here and I trust in the manager and everyone else here too.

“They're great at what they do and they know how to win matches in the Premier League.

“The manager has lots of experience having played and scored many goals in this league and he's coached a lot in this league too, so he knows how to get a result in these sort of games.

“We have beaten some of the big teams already and it was goalless in the match at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season, so I trust we have enough quality to do well.”

Despite being restricted to just three substitute appearances during his time at the Britannia Stadium thus far, the Swedish international says he has been overwhelmed by the media interest in him, particularly from outlets back in his homeland.

“It's good that the people back home like me, well most of them at least, so it's always nice that they follow me of course,” he added.

“I'm used to it now though, because we're only a very small nation and it's not like here. We don't have the Premier League and thousands of great players playing.

“They like to keep track on the players who are out and about playing in Europe, so it is nice that they do take a keen interest in me.

“I don't try and take much notice of it all though, I just prefer to keep working hard in training and helping myself to improve as a player and obviously help the team to record good results.”

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