‘QPR Will Ruin Manchester City’s Title Hopes’, says Joey Barton

Barton says City will get a "reality check".

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

QPR's Joey Barton has made a statement of intent, claiming that his squad will end Manchester City's hopes of picking up the Premiership trophy this season by defeating them in their game on Sunday (May 13th).

Speaking yesterday the midfielder said: "I can't wait for the game – I can't wait to go to Man City. They expect us to turn up and them to probably stuff us and go on and win the league.            .

"If that is their attitude, they will get a reality check. It's 11 men against 11 men, there is a lot of pressure out there – I can't wait for it.             

"We have one game to go and we are masters of our own destiny."

If City defeat QPR on Sunday then their place at the top of the Premier League will be cemented and they will lift the trophy for the first time since 1968. However, if they lose or draw and Manchester United defeat opponents Sunderland on the same day, then United would take home the Premier League title for the 20th time. 

Barton, who spent five years in City's youth system, has been struggling with his form recently, culminating in him being booed from the pitch by his own fans after being subbed during QPR's victory against Liverpool. 

However, Barton insisted that he is back on track and ready to deal City a beating, saying: "I'm strange – I'm one of those players who needs a rocket up my backside all the time. It's six weeks since the Liverpool game – that implosion moment when you hit rock bottom.             

"I dug in and was always confident in my own ability. I've played as well at this football club in these last six weeks as I have at any period."  

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