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Pressure off after cup win - Barry

Gareth Barry believes the demand for success at Manchester City is less intense due to last season's FA Cup triumph.

City's victory over Stoke at Wembley ended a 35-year barren run. It also provided the spur to propel them straight into next season's Champions League rather than face a hazardous qualifier, as they had imagined. And now, Barry does not believe the glare of publicity is quite as fierce as it has been in the past.

"It was a lot worse before we won a trophy," said the 30-year-old England midfielder.

"Obviously the expectation is high but it seems a lot more settled.

"Winning the FA Cup is a reminder that we can go the full distance in a competition. That drought is finally over.

"We cannot just rest on that though. It is important that we don't keep still.

"We have to move forward to try and reach the levels other clubs have maintained over the years."

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