Edin Dzeko is ready to fire City to yet another late title surge.

The City striker feels he is back to his best and is desperate to score the goals the champions need to kick-start another flawless run-in as the champions bid to eat into Chelsea’s lead at the top.

“I’m definitely back to where I need to be,” said Dzeko. “I feel strong and I can feel it in training so I’m definitely back and hopefully I can help my team in the games that remain.

“Every team will drop points between now and the end of the season and we have the experience of coming from behind in previous seasons, but we know Chelsea hold the advantage with a five-point lead plus a game in hand.

“They have experienced players and an experienced manager and they know what they are doing so it won’t be easy, but we don’t want to finish second.

You get nothing for ending as runners-up and while a few years back that might have been acceptable for us, now it’s not – we only want to win the Premier League

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“We know what it feels like to be champions – it’s an amazing feeling – and that’s why we’ll be doing everything we can to try and retain the title.

“We have to be near-perfect with 30 points still to play for. If we drop many more, it will be difficult but as things stand, everything is possible.”


Dzeko was injured for the first meeting with Burnley this season but he was impressed with what he saw of the Clarets at the Etihad – though believes the game should have been wrapped up by the break.

“I watched the match from the stands and I thought we were brilliant in the first half and maybe should have been three or four ahead by the break,” said the Bosnian.

“As it was, it was only 2-0 and I don’t know why we weren’t there in the second-half – maybe we thought it was going to be easy - but Burnley tried a lot harder, they played well, scored twice and definitely deserved a point.

“They proved they are a good side against Chelsea as well so we won’t be underestimating them.

“They also need points on Saturday and we’ll need to be at 100% if we are to leave Turf Moor with a victory.”