Milner: We're all together now
It has been a trying few days for City, with successive English Premier League defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Wolves and a couple of onfield spats which have been thrust into the public eye. Milner was involved in one such incident with
That has led to suggestions of disquiet at Eastlands and much of the speculation has focused on whether Mancini will be given time to get results, or dispensed with in the search for immediate glory.
But England midfielder Milner, speaking on the eve of his City's UEFA Europa League clash with
"These things will make us stronger as a football club," he went on. "You go through times when things aren't quite right and it's important to keep things right off the field. I've been at Newcastle and Leeds where the press seemed to be outside the training ground whenever you drove in. We can't control what's off the field, we can only control results.
"(Having on-field disagreements) says we're very hungry to win football matches. We'd be worried if there wasn't that hunger because we're desperate to win trophies," Milner added. "In changing rooms up and down the country you'll see people disagreeing but it's forgotten as soon as you step off the pitch. We're a tight group."
That tightness, Milner offered, also extended to his relationship with
As for the claims that several players are unhappy with Mancini's methods, Milner was unequivocal. "It's another story and where it's come from who knows," he said. "Every single person at the club is desperate to do well and win trophies. When you look at the manager's record he's obviously a top manager. We're very lucky to have him and the backroom staff. The club is set up for us to be successful and hopefully we get there as soon as we can."
Mancini's side are already virtually sure of qualification from Group A of the Europa League but are weakened tomorrow night by the continued absence of
As for captain Tevez, his rehabilitation stint in