Milner hails Manchester City’s spirit

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has stated that the team spirit at the club is excellent, and this could be a key reason for the side’s success.

The Etihad Stadium outfit sit on top of the Premier League, are unbeaten and five points clear of cross-town rivals Manchester United.

Despite a number of controversial players causing problems in the past, Milner has hailed the squad’s togetherness.

“We’ve a good bunch of lads and there’s always banter going on. We enjoy ourselves,” he told Mirror Football.

“That’s important – the spirit – because when things aren’t going well on or off the field, you need to pull together for that last-minute winner or to grind out a result if you’re down to 10 men.

“That’s when wanting to run that extra five yards for your team-mate comes into it,” he stated.

Despite an influx of high profile foreign players, Milner feels that the English core to the side could be the recipe for success.

“Look down the squad list, it’s full of top players.

“We’ve a good core of English players, which you need, just as you need a core of Italian players in Italy, say, but we’ve got good foreign players as well.

“We want to win and it’s exciting times here. We won’t get ahead of ourselves, but we all want to create history for this club and to win trophies.

“I’m here to win the medals I can look back on when my career is over. I hope the FA Cup is just the first of many.

“It was great for our fans – sharing a city with a club that’s done so well over the years has been tough on them. Now it’s down to us to get on a par.

“They [Manchester United] have set those standards and we have to match them,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight