Gareth Barry warns City players

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has warned his team-mates that their individual strops could cost the side, and has urged players who are not playing regularly to be patient.

With Carlos Tevez refusing to come off the bench against Bayern Munich and Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and James Milner all showing petulance when being substituted at various points during the start of the season, the England midfielder has stated that the players’ attitude is key.

“It’s important that players keep their focus and not get too disappointed when they’re not playing,” he told Sky Sports.

“Everyone has got to stay together and be patient. That’s going to be the key to success this season. When their chance does come, it’s important they take it.”

The Etihad Stadium outfit are currently joint top of the Premier League standings, and Barry has stated that the team won’t be too far away from winning the title come the end of the season.

“The club and the squad are still on a learning curve. It’s our first real experience of this.

“It’s our first season in the Champions League and we are looking to be going on long cup runs as well. The players and the whole club are adapting to it and I’m sure we can have a great season.

“If you look at our finishes – fifth in 2010, then third last season when we won the FA Cup – that’s great progression. If we can keep doing that, then a league title is not going to be too far away,” he stated.

City host Aston Villa on Saturday at home, and will look to make it seven wins out of eight games.

By Gareth McKnight