MICHAEL VAN GERWEN expects to win the 2017 World Darts Championship and believes any other outcome would be ‘a disaster.’
The world number one revealed in a candid interview on his new You Tube channel* that he won’t settle for less than glory at Alexandra Palace after two years without darts’ biggest title.
van Gerwen, who has enjoyed a record-breaking year with 25 titles to his name, knows that he has a tough task ahead of him if he is to wrestle back the Sid Waddell trophy from the grasp of Gary Anderson but believes he is ready to reign supreme once more.
“I expect to win it because any other result for me is a disaster,” said the dominant Dutchman, who holds every other major title.
“I’m telling the truth. It’s as simple as that. If people talk about this World Championship, my name goes after it. But it’s not that easy, it’s going to be tough this year. I know that but I think I’ve got the mental ability to fight against that for glory and pride and I think I can do that.”
The 2014 World Champion went on to analyse the draw, which he thinks has been kinder to some of his rivals.
He said: “The top half of the draw, my half, is going to be difficult, very hard. But that doesn’t matter. If you want to win the World Championship you need to beat anyone and everyone but there are other people in the draw, in the bottom half, who can maybe even walk to the semi-finals.”
van Gerwen also reflects on an incredible year, explains why he thinks he is better than Phil Taylor and reveals who he would ideally like to beat in the final.
*video available from 10 am on 14 Dec 2016.