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Taraabt: Hughes supremely focused

12 May 2012 16:40

QPR forward Adel Taarabt says Mark Hughes 'looks more focused than ever' ahead of their final-day clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

The outcome of the match at the Etihad Stadium has ramifications at both the top and the bottom of the Premier League, as QPR are yet to reach safety, while City require a victory to be certain of pipping Manchester United to the title.

And Taarabt insisted Hughes is thinking only of securing survival and not of gaining revenge over City, who sacked him in order to recruit current coach Roberto Mancini in December 2009.

"Hughes looks more focused than ever ahead of Sunday's game, but I don't think it's because of his past at City, more due to his present with us," Taraabt told Goal.com.

"We all have so much to play for in this last match.

"QPR have played better this season against the big teams in the Premier League, but it will be a great achievement if we can get a point at City.

"I don't care if we hand the title to Manchester United because what really matters to me is staying in the Premier League with QPR.

"They (City) are the worst possible team we could be playing against on the last day of the season, but the calendar came out in the summer and we can't do anything about it."

Taarabt dismissed suggestions QPR would adopt a defensive mentality from the start against City because of the threat the current league leaders possess in the final third of the pitch.

"It's normal that City are favourites and that people are talking about the title race, but we are playing for survival and that's everything for a club," he said.

"A draw in Manchester would do but we have to play the game as best we can and go out in search of the victory. Shutting up shop to earn a draw won't be any good for us against a rival of this type and with the players they have in attack.

"City have perhaps the best attack in the whole Premier League. Any of their players can score against you at any moment, so we need total concentration for 90 minutes."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
13 May 2012
Game week
38
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 2
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47435

Goals

P. Zabaleta 39'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
1 - 2
66' J. Mackie
 (assist by A. Traoré)
E. Džeko 90'+2
(assist by David Silva) 
2 - 2
S. Agüero 90'+4
(assist by M. Balotelli) 
3 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
4
6
22
5 39'
19
18
21
42
32
16 90+4' 90+5'
Coach: R. Mancini
# Player Bookings
1
34
35
42
3
32
17 55'
4
52
23 48'
12 66'
Coach: M. Hughes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
34
10 90+2'
45
2
7
13
30
# Player Bookings
13
10 77'
6
7
9
14
24

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