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City's dream of Champions League football is entirely in their own hands reckons Javi Garrido.

The Spaniard was a late replacement for Joleon Lescott in the Blues' fine win over Fulham  that places them two points behind Spurs, who currently occupy that all-important fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table, but with a crucial game in hand.

It is that extra match and a run-in including six home games that gives City the edge acording to Garrido.

"We're going the right way with a few games to go," he declared. "There are a few home games coming up and we have to be strong at home, like we have been so far this season. Getting that fourth position is in our hands.

"Our challenge has always been to get into the top four, there has been a lot of money invested to make this into a big, big club. There are a lot of great players here and we have a bigger squad than ever so the players all know that the challenge is to make sure we end the season in the top four."

Javi's first start for a month came about when Joleon Lescott, originally picked at left-back, pulled out during the warm-up with a tight hamstring.

"I knew that Joleon had felt something in his hamstring," the 25-year-old recalled."I am always ready to go in. It was not a great situation but I'm happy that I got the chance to play.

I just have to do my job, I've not played for a few weeks and obviously I want to play week-in, week-out. But I understand the manager's decisions so when he calls me I know I have to be ready.

...Javi Garrido


Lescott has been ruled out of Wednesday's crucial encounter with Everton, and if given the nod again, Javi accepts that it will be another searching examination of City's European credentials.

"We need to rest well because Everton will be another really tough game. They work very hard for the whole game so it will be very difficult for us," he said.

"They have turned their season around and are always hard to play against, so we will have to get it right against them."

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