Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Title race is not Wigan's concern: Martinez

Roberto Martinez insists Wigan will try to win at Chelsea on the final day of the season — but for themselves, not Manchester United.

Having condemned Hull to relegation from the Barclays Premier League on Monday with a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium, the Latics could now have a major say in the title race when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wigan have already beaten the Blues at home this term and Martinez believes his players can pull off another shock against the table-toppers, something second-placed United will certainly be hoping is the case.

However, the Latics boss has stressed that his team will not be motivated by the prospect of doing their north-west neighbours a favour.

“It is not that Wigan Athletic is going to play for Manchester United. We will play for the good of football and for ourselves,” Martinez said.

“It is a unique experience to go to Stamford Bridge having the world of football watching.

“We have got nothing to lose, but I can guarantee you that there is a belief in the squad that on the day we can compete with anyone, and that is the approach we are going to have.

“We are going to go to Stamford Bridge to try to win the game.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Paul Scharner has confirmed that he expects to leave Wigan this summer.

“This was the last game at the DW Stadium for me, that's true — as a Wigan player,” Scharner said. “Next season, I am looking for a midfield position but it's too early to say at which club. I am looking to stay in the Premier League.”

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