Milner - City's best to come

Midfielder warns rivals there is room for improvement

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James Milner has warned Manchester City's rivals that the best is still to come.

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"The best is to come, but it's the sign of a good team when they can win and not play the best football."

James Milner

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City consolidated their spot in the top two of the standings with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Blackpool over the weekend.

The result takes City's points tally to 17 from eight matches, just two points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

Despite their fantastic start to the season, midfielder Milner believes there is room for improvement.

"They (Blackpool) put us under a lot of pressure, which we knew they would. They've got a good home support behind them and they're a good team that play it around really well," Milner said.

"We managed to ride the storm, score three good goals, and hung on at the end.

"The best is to come, but it's the sign of a good team when they can win and not play the best football.

"Hopefully we can keep improving as a team, keep moving forward and hopefully you'll see the best of us soon."

Barry hails Tevez

Milner's comments were echoed by team-mate Gareth Barry, who also heaped praise on match-winner Carlos Tevez, who scored yet another brace in City colours.

"He (Tevez) has carried on from last season. He's a world-class striker," Barry added.

"Last season he got 20-odd goals and I'm sure he can do that again. If he does, we'll be right up there come the end of the season."

He continued: "We got exactly what we expected - a good Blackpool team that's surprised a few teams already. We knew it was going to be a tough game.

"But we stayed strong and we knew we'd get them on the counter-attack. We scored three good goals."