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Some of the recent Manchester City’s results of the Premier League has seen them losing against Chelsea and having to settle with a goalless draw against Norwich City. James Milner suggested his team not to dwell too much on those results and to focus on the next matches.
‘’There’s a long way to go yet in the league. We’ve just got to keep going and keep playing the right way and we know the goals will come,” Milner said.
“You see how tight the league is at the top and the bottom and everyone is scrapping for points and a win can make a big difference in your position in the league,” he added.
Manuel Pellegrini has to cope with a number of injuries that include: Fernandinho, Aguero and Nasri all struggling with physical problems and Milner is hoping that the tactician will be given a chance to play on the spot where Yaya Toure and Fernandinho have been forming a partnership throughout this entire season.
“I think that’s my best position and where I enjoy playing,” Milner explained. “You’re always in the thick of the action. All I can do is play as well as I can when I get that chance and hopefully get a few more chances in the middle as well and hopefully contribute to Manchester City winning a few trophies.” Milner said.
The 28 years old midfielder has also confessed that he doesn’t give much thought of the matter of being called boring as long as it keeps him and his team at the top of the Premier League and earn them silverware.
‘’If people think I’m boring, well, as long as I’ve got a Premier League winners’ medal I don’t really mind being as boring as you want’’. Milner stated.
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Manchester City finished the group stages of the Champions League by making a thrilling comeback against Bayern Munich as the German side took the after 12 minutes with Thomas Muller and Gotze putting their club ahead but even though both teams had already secured their qualification spots into the 16 last remaining teams of the Champions League it did not stop them from going all out and play like if it was the finals.
Silva, Kolarov and Milner gave Manchester City the victory as they conclude Group D as runners up.
“The way the game went with us being 2-0 down, and the character we showed to turn that around – it was pleasing to be part of that.
“I’m not sure teams will want to face us after that. We just need to concentrate on our own game. But it was a big boost for us to be able to come here and win our game and score three goals, because it’s important you can score goals in the knockout stages.”
The Champions League draw will be made on December 16 and the potential opponents that Manchester City has to face are: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Atletico Madrid. It is easy to say that City will have their work cut out for them having to play against some of the best clubs in Europe but Milner remains positive that Manchester City can defeat anyone.
“They are obviously one of the top teams and have been for the last few years. So to come here and win is pleasing and, hopefully, shows the quality we have and gives us a big confidence boost going forward’’.
“We’ll take anyone in the next round. We’ll just concentrate on us. It’ll be a tough team but, after this, we’ll take confidence and know we can progress.”
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Manchester city managed to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by managing a 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen. This was an unconvincing win for the team at home, which was especially poor for Manuel Pellegrini. City have been extremely good at home this campaign and they have scored close to 30 goals in the league alone. There are expected to dominate this encounter, but the underdogs of this group – Viktoria Plzen – managed to almost cause an upset by scoring two goals.
After the match, midfielder James Milner has said that City should be happy that they have qualified for the knockout stages, but they should also try and finish top of the group. Such a position will give them an advantage in the knockout stages since the second match will be at home. The chance of finishing top of the group is certainly not out of the hands for city. They can claim this spot by beating Bayern Munich, who are regarded as the best team in the world right now. City were beaten by the Germans 3-1 at the Etihad stadium earlier in the season and it will be an even tougher prospect to beat them at the Allianz arena.
“I think it would help to come top in the group, it will be tough out there but hopefully we can go out there and give Bayern Munich a game and see what happens. Joe Hart has just kept going, worked hard and made good saves when he gets the chance. He is a great professional,” said Milner. “It was a hard game, but the most important thing was to finish our home games in the group with a win,” said Nasri.
However, Milner is confident of causing an upset after English teams have had the upper hand over Germans in recent years.
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