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Seb's target

Posted on 13 August 2010  - 12:00

Sebastien Bassong has a straight forward target ahead of Saturday's huge Barclays Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Seb's target

Sebastien Bassong has a straight forward target ahead of Saturday's huge Barclays Premier League opener against Manchester City.

The match kicks-off at 12.45pm live on Sky and is therefore a mouth-watering curtain-raiser for the 2010-11 Premier League campaign.

We fought it out for fourth place with City last season initially as part of a quartet with Villa and Liverpool and then between ourselves in the final weeks, the dual eventually concluded with a showdown at City's Eastlands Stadium on May 5, memorably decided by Peter Crouch's late header. That goal took us into the Champions League play-offs.

City have bought big again in the summer, adding Ya Ya Toure (from Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg) and Aleksandar Kolorov (Lazio) to their already-impressive squad.

But message from Sebastien is clear. "We want to win, we're at home, it's the first game and if we want to start the season well, we have to try and win this game.

"It doesn't matter who we play, we need to win."

Sebastien has happy recent memories of first day success and the positive affect it can have on a squad.

The Cameroon international scored the winner against Liverpool at the Lane on the opening day of last season and we went on to win our first four league games - our best start since the double season.

"Yes, that's a great memory for me," smiled Sebastien. "It seems just like yesterday. I'd just arrived from Newcastle but now we're a year on and we've all worked well together.

"The main thing is to win the first game because that will be a great start for us.

"Last season we started so well with four wins out of four and we'll try to do the same this time around."