Milner welcomes Man City pressure

Manchester City midfielder James Milner says the club is using the current pressure they are under as a motivational tactic, Sky Sports reports.

As reigning Premier League champions, Milner says that the pressure is on the Eastlands club, and that they are always being targeted by opposition clubs. However, the England international adds that City use that pressure to their advantage. “When you’re at the top and you’re champions, people want to knock you off that pedestal and they’ll try anything, whether it’s on the field or off the field. They are things you learn to deal with.

It definitely brings you closer together when everyone outside is against you. You have that siege mentality and put that to good use,” Milner said.

City currently sit second in the Premier League, six points behind league leaders Manchester United. They have also suffered an early exit from European competition, failing to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

It has been speculated that City, who beat Newcastle 3-1 at the weekend, may be suffering from a loss of confidence and possible divisions in the squad. However, Milner, who this season has made 11 appearances for City and has scored two goals, has quashed those rumours.

He said: “Nothing changes really. It’s been like that since I’ve been at the club – players are not happy, players are arguing. We’ll just continue what we do best and that’s getting out on the field and getting three points.” Milner continued: “We need to keep improving as a team. I think the best is yet to come this season, and let’s hope we can keep moving forward.

City start a run of four games in 10 days at the weekend with a home tie against Reading.

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