Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Platt confident of City character

David Platt

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt is certain the Blues have what it takes to win the Barclays Premier League this season.

Major question marks are being asked about City for the first time this season after successive home defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool, and Roberto Mancini's men head to Wigan on Monday night with a major point to prove.

"Do you go up and down with results? Yes," said Platt. "I was down the other night. Everyone is disappointed because we have lost a home game that makes reaching the Carling Cup final difficult. But is this group of players capable of winning by two goals at Anfield? All season it has shown us that it is."

He added: "This is a team that won last year. Winning the FA Cup will help. It has given us the knowledge that we can win and the desire to win more.

"There is always something else to look forward to. Pressure is what you create yourself, I just know we have a team full of ability."

Unfortunately for City, the team is not quite as full as manager Roberto Mancini would like it to be at present. Yaya and Kolo Toure are away on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast, skipper Vincent Kompany is suspended and Mario Balotelli is a doubt for the trip to Wigan.

It has presented problems Mancini's players have struggled to find answers to, although Platt admitted they are not exactly unexpected.

"We have had a very good run of injuries and suspensions," he said. "We had more or less everyone on the training pitch for a significant period of time.

"Vincent has had an exceptional season but you can't expect someone to play every game. You know these things come about.

"But Roberto has to deal with the players who are available. He is not sat there worrying at night about those who aren't."

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