Milner: We must always aim for derby day standards
- 09 October 2013 08:48
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
James Milner has urged his teammates to recreate the derby day display every week, according to this morning’s reports.
Discussion and analysis made for pleasant reading and listening in the days following the 4-1 victory over Manchester United, as journalists and pundits described a stunning City victory.
The England international reckons the Sky Blues must aim to reach the standards shown against David Moyes’ men every time they take to the field, and explains the new training methods under Manuel Pellegrini will help.
Milner is quoted in the Mirror, via the Sun, as saying: "The performances against Newcastle and Man United are the stand out ones - and it goes without saying we have to make sure we try to play that well every time we go out.
"We are still adjusting to a number of things and it takes time for the new players to bed in.
"There's a higher tempo at training under Manuel.
"It's intense but hopefully the fruits of all the hard work we're putting in will show out on the pitch.
"I think everyone has seen already the standards we are capable of reaching.
"What we need is to make sure we achieve those on a regular basis."
That pesky international break does mean we have to wait another ten days to see the Sky Blues back in action, but Stevan Jovetic is likely to face off against Joe Hart and James Milner when Montenegro meet England at Wembley on Friday night.
As the build up gets underway, it’s Stevan who has fired the first shot, claiming the pressure is on the Three Lions due to the heavier weight of expectation.
Quoted in the Daily Express, the striker said: “England are the favourites. It is because they have so many good players and they are a huge nation, but we have played them three times and shown we can compete with them.
“They have more pressure than us because they are expected to win – and expect to win. I expect a very difficult game again but I believe in the Montenegro squad.”
He added: “I have two dreams – to win the Champions League with City and go to the World Cup in Brazil with Montenegro.”
We certainly all hope you’re successful with the first dream, Stevan!
Finally, it seems we must all resign ourselves to daily transfer gossip from now until January. It’s no use arguing the window doesn’t open for another three months (although you’re right, it doesn’t), speculation will continue to be served up.
The Norwegian is currently on loan at Stromsgodset, but after helping them to the top of the Eliteserien table, CaughtOffside reports he is attracting attention around Europe.
Steven Green writes: “Scouts have been flocking in their droves to watch him in action and clubs have been alerted to his possible availability in the January transfer window.
“Ibrahim’s loan spell in Norway ends in December and his contract with City is set to follow suit in the summer. City are believed to be willing to let him move on and let him leave on a free in January as he is well behind in Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield pecking order.
“The likes of Newcastle, Sevilla, Espanyol, Real Betis, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are all thought to be keeping tabs on the all-action midfielder.”
As ever, when any ins or outs at the club are confirmed, you can read about it here first on mcfc.co.uk!