Milner handling pressure
James Milner insists that his team-mates can handle the intense pressure that comes with playing for Man City.
Last Updated: 13/11/10 12:22pm
James Milner insists he and his team-mates are handling the intense pressure that comes with playing for Manchester City.
Owner Sheikh Mansour's takeover of the club in 2008 means that the Eastlands club are one of the world's wealthiest and they have not been shy in flexing their muscles in recent seasons.
City have spent hundreds of millions pounds investing in some of the game's best talents and some of the stars of the future.
However, with heavy investment comes huge expectation and pressure and the spotlight is firmly on City's squad who are yet to win silverware.
Milner was acquired from rivals Aston Villa over the summer and the former Leeds man knew what was he was getting into before signing.
The England international insists everyone is pulling in the same direction at City and that their goal is to end their lengthy run without landing a trophy.
"It's a massive club," he told the Daily Star. "You know there will be attention from the media and pressure to perform.
"That's what comes with playing at a big club with big players at a club that wants to win things. We all want to do that.
"We are getting better and better and the club is moving forward but with that comes expectation. But the players are putting pressure on themselves to perform and win things and hopefully we can achieve this.
"I knew coming here there was always going to be pressure and expectation given what has happened here over the last couple of years. But I want to be part of that. Playing in the big games for big teams, trying to win trophies.
"Every player wants to be at the highest level and hopefully we can make that step into the Champions League as well as win some trophies.
"Even if we do win a trophy, this year or next year, I think that pressure will still be there because the expectations are there.
"At the moment the pressure is there to end the drought because it's been so long. But if we do, the pressure will be on to win another one and show it wasn't just a one-off."