Geovanni plays down Hull City's dream start

October 28, 2008

Hull City playmaker Geovanni is refusing to get carried away with his side's remarkable start to the Premier League season, insisting they still need to take things one game at a time.

Hull have enjoyed a fairytale time since winning promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club's 104-year history this summer, taking 20 points from their opening nine games.

That has left the Tigers third in the standings, but with matches against Chelsea and Manchester United coming up in the next few days, Geovanni knows it would be foolish to start thinking too far ahead.

"I always think about things game to game. We need to be very careful and not allow ourselves to get carried away by the euphoria because there are very difficult games coming up," he said.

"If we take it step by step, in January we will have time to decide if we are fighting to stay up, the UEFA Cup....now we are taking it step by step."

Brazil international Geovanni joined Hull this summer on a free transfer after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season.

The former Barcelona and Benfica midfielder has played a key role in Hull's impressive start and currently leads their scoring charts with four league goals, one of which was the club's first-ever top-flight strike.

However, the 28-year-old insists the reason for Hull's incredible rise to prominence - just 10 years ago they were rock-bottom of the fourth tier - is not down to any one individual, but due to the unity of the squad.

"From what I have experienced so far, the key has been the dressing room - the atmosphere is sensational," Geovanni told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"Even though we consider ourselves a very attacking team, on the pitch we are a very balanced side.

"Wherever we go, like when we played against Arsenal at the Emirates, we line up with three strikers.

"We also have a lot of English players and when you need to defend we must all honour the nickname of the club (the Tigers)."

He added: "It's very difficult to achieve what we have done so far in our first season in the Premier League; it has helped us to get rid of a lot of doubts."