Having seen newly promoted Cardiff upset the odds with a win against the big-spending Blues last weekend, Aluko says there is no reason why the Tigers can’t get a result at the Etihad Stadium – if they stick to their game plan and take the chances that come their way.
“It’s another tough away game for us and Manchester City didn’t get a good result last week, so they won’t want to lose to two newly promoted teams,” said Aluko.
“But their defeat last weekend gave us the confidence that it can be done. Cardiff played very well against them, defended very well and took their chances. Hopefully we can do that as well.
“Usually, anything you get from games like this is seen as a bit of a bonus, but now Cardiff have beaten them we’re thinking there is a chance there for us.
“There aren’t too many deficiencies in that Manchester City team and they’ve got a squad full of world class players.
“I’m sure our manager has a game plan for us to work on for us to be organised and good tactically. Then we need to express ourselves when we have the ball. We can’t necessarily follow Cardiff’s plan because we have different players, we have to do it our own way and that is what we’ll try and do.”
After seeing much of his 2012/13 season written off through injury, Aluko is now back in full swing and enjoying the challenge of playing in the top flight.
“It’s been reasonably enjoyable so far,” added Aluko.
“We’ve had one win and one defeat, so I guess you could say it’s been 50-50. I certainly enjoyed the Norwich game, but not really the Chelsea game because I never enjoy losing even though it was a good experience to play there.
“But overall I’m feeling good and confident. I’m training fully and playing in games so I’m fully functional. You have ups and downs coming back from any long-term injury, but I’m happy with my progression so far.”