Man City news – City favourites for French wonderkid, Johnson ready to prove himself, Mancini expects goals

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Mancini expects goals.

Sky Sports reports that Manchester City are ready to go goal crazy. The Eastlands side have conceded only two goals in their first six Premier League games and Roberto Mancini believes that the solid foundation at the back will allow City to improve on the offensive side of their game. Chelsea have already hit 14 more goals than the Citizens and Mancini declared: “We have worked very well in the defensive phase, now we must improve on the offensive side so we score more than one goal a game. But I believe we only have this problem because all our strikers are injured. When Emmanuel Adebayor recovers 100% fitness and Mario Balotelli is back, I am confident we can change this situation.”

Johnson ready to prove himself.

According to the Daily Star, Adam Johnson is ready to prove to Roberto Mancini that he can play an instrumental part in Manchester City’s quest for trophies. The pair had showdown talks last week and the boss reportedly accused the winger of getting too big for his boots. Johnson, however, returned to the side against Juventus and put in a great display, scoring the equaliser, and he is desperate for a start against boyhood heroes Newcastle. He revealed: “I was playing well at the start of the season. I played well against Liverpool and Blackburn. I just want to get back in the team now. I heard the comments, I’ve worked a lot on my game since I signed here and obviously I’ll carry on doing that. I’ve had a chat with the manager and it’s between me and him. I want to play in every game, so hopefully I’ll start. A lot has been made of it, but it hasn’t affected me. I just get on with it, get my head down. I grew up supporting Newcastle and loving David Ginola and players like that. It would be fantastic for me to score against them having been there as a kid.”

City favourites for French wonderkid.

Sport.com reports that Manchester City have emerged as favourites in the race to sign French wonderkid Yacine Brahimi. The 20-year-old has made a sparkling start to the 2010/2011 Ligue 1 campaign, helping his side Rennes to second in the table and he has been dubbed one of the leading lights of the next generation of French football. The starlet, who can play wide or behind the frontmen, has also interested Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid, who are believed to have made a formal approach for the player. Brahimi has spoken of his admiration for Arsene Wenger who has tracked him since his days at the famous Clairefontaine Academy but reports today suggest that Roberto Mancini has sent scouts to watch the player. Brahimi signed a new four year deal to keep him at Rennes until 2014 and Manchester City may be financially best placed to lure him away from France.

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