Lescott confident ahead of Chelsea clash

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has stated that his side are confident of getting three points against Chelsea on Monday night.

The Premier League leaders travel to Stamford Bridge ten points ahead of Andre Villas Boas’ side, but saw their lead at the top of the Premier League reduced to two points after Manchester United beat Wolves on Saturday.

Despite the quality in the Chelsea ranks, Lescott has confirmed that City will go there to win.

”Even though we have just gone out of the Champions League, we like to think teams are becoming scared of us because they can see we are a serious team,” he told Mirror Football.

”I see ourselves in the same bracket as Chelsea and United now, we are competing on the same level as them, and we have no fear of playing against them.

‘‘This is the sort of game we want. They are one of our main rivals and we are one of theirs, so it will be a exciting game that means a lot, and it will be a good ­benchmark for us to judge how far we have come.

“We have Arsenal after that too, but we don’t fear anyone. We are not afraid of going to Stamford Bridge. We don’t think we’ll score six like at Old Trafford, because that was even a shock to us.

“But we know if teams don’t apply themselves right against us, we have the capacity to punish them,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight