Date:Monday October 22 2007
Blackburn Rovers strikers Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz are gaining some comparisons to Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, but Santa Cruz insists a lot more needs to be proved until they fall into the SAS category.
Santa Cruz told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I have read a little bit about Sutton and Shearer. It is nice to be compared to them.
"Shearer in particular is a great player and I used to like him very much. It is great to be compared to that sort of Premiership player.
"But it is no good talking about being like them until we have won a cup or something. Everybody wants to win something this year if possible."
Until something is won (something that Santa Cruz REALLY feels is possible this season) this comparison will mean nothing to Santa Cruz. However, despite the way some have portrayed his comments he has NOT said that Rovers will win the Premier League this season! They will push as hard as they can but I think we all know that this isn't going to happen but aiming as high as possible is not a bad thing is it, the closer you can reach this goal the better Rovers will do.
He added: "Fans remember the players who win trophies, not just score lots of goals. And we know the Premier League is the most important one.
"Everything is possible in football if the determination is big enough in the team.
"Of course there are great teams in the Premier League but a lot of the time it is about mentality and our team is willing to give it a try.
"We will do everything we can to make it happen."
The Premier League crown may be the highest aim and goal that is set, but Champions League Qualification is something that Santa Cruz is really targeting this season (along with a Cup, as he said).
He finished by saying: "t is hard and tough even to qualify for the Champions League this year. We will keep enjoying our football, playing the way we have been playing, and see how far we can go."
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Date:Monday October 22 2007
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