Euro 2012: spotlight on Samir Nasri
- 05 June 2012 13:43
- Posted by David Clayton
Samir Nasri completed the first part of his target for the 2011/12 season by winning the Premier League with City – now he aiming to impress with France during Euro 2012.
Nasri was an integral member of Roberto Mancini’s title-winning side making 45 appearances in all competitions and has won 28 caps for his country so far.
Along with Gael Clichy, he will be flying the flag for both the Blues and Les Blues this summer, though he accepts it will be a difficult tournament for the French with England, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine also in Group D.
“I really enjoyed my first season with City and I want to carry that form into the national team as well,” said Nasri.
"I think it’s fair to say that we are the outsiders as far as qualifying from our group.
“I think England are the favourites because they have some good young players and also players like Wayne Rooney - who will of course miss the first two games. This is a good thing for us.
"We are a young team lacking experience in this kind of competition. This is an open group for me and anything could happen.”
Nasri admits he is looking forward to coming up against the best players in Europe in the coming weeks, saying he is constantly looking to improve his own game by studying world greats.
“It’s true I enjoy watching the top players from around the world – and even players who are successful enjoy watching other great players because you can always learn something new and it could come in useful if you ever come up against them.
City’s No. 19 is still floating on air from the events of the closing week of the domestic season, and believes winning the title was a must for the Blues for a number of reasons.
“We needed to win the Premier League so that people in England and Europe stopped talking about Manchester City as a club with money and see that this a club with a soul and great passion,” he said.
“When you walk around Manchester, you can see this is a team with its heart in the city and the people love this club and have done for many, many years – not just because we have money and can afford to buy great players – they’ve always been that way.”