Fired-up Van Gerwen vows to go unbeaten in Champions League of Darts

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 22 Sep 2018
Mighty Mike celebrates (credit:PDC Europe)

Michael van Gerwen insists he will not be beaten in this year’s Champions League of Darts as he bids to add the missing piece to trophy collection.

The Paddy Power Champions League is only 'major' PDC title which the Dutch darting juggernaut has so far failed to win and he starts out as odds-on favourite to get his hands on the trophy in Brighton this weekend.

Van Gerwen has picked up no fewer than 17 titles this season, including the Premier League, World Cup and Auckland Masters, though his last outing resulted in a shock 6-1 rout at the hands of William O'Connor in the Dutch Darts Championship.

The world number one lines up in Group A alongside Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Dave Chisnall and after finishing runner-up in 2016 and crashing out in the Group Stage last year, MVG insists he will not lose a game this time around.

"I'm not going to lose a game here now," Van Gerwen told Live Darts.

"I've lost too many games in this tournament so I now want to go comfortable through the group and hope I can win my games so I don't lose too much energy on the first day to go into the second one.

"I had a phenomenal holiday but now it's back to reality, I need to perform again.

"I had a few day's practice on holiday so that's a good thing, I think I'm ready for this.

"It's a big priority, I need to play well in this one, it's on my bucket list, one of my goals this year."

Van Gerwen has dominated the European Tour circuit this year, winning seven of the twelve events so far but admits he is disappointed with his recent results and plans to resume normal service on the south coast.

He added: "My summer's not been great but I've still had a few good results.

"I've still won more than double than the number two player.

"It's very disappointing but I would have won more tournaments if I'd have played better.

"I was runner-up to Phil Taylor two years ago and last year was a bit of a disaster for me so I am really determined to put it right and win the title.

"This is the time of year you need to be at your best and I am fully focused on winning as much as I can for the next few months. That starts in Brighton."



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