Milner targets improvement
Versatile midfielder hoping to play his part in bright future for City
Last Updated: July 17, 2011 4:22pm
Milner: Believes there is plenty more to come from the ambitious Blues
James Milner admits Manchester City will be looking to better their achievements from last season in 2011/12.
The ambitious Blues started to see a return on Sheikh Mansour's considerable investment last term, as Roberto Mancini's star-studded squad began to fulfil their undoubted potential.
A third-place finish was secured in the Premier League, sealing a place in the UEFA Champions League, while FA Cup glory saw the club end their 35-year wait for major silverware.
City are not prepared to sit back and bask in that glory, though, with it their intention to climb to the very summit of English and European football.
Fresh faces have been drafted in once again this summer, bringing further competition for places, and they are expected to challenge on multiple fronts in the forthcoming campaign.
Milner and his colleagues appreciate that ongoing improvement is imperative, with City still some way short of hitting their lofty targets.
"The main thing is to push Manchester City forward as a club," the England international told Sky Sports News.
"We had a good season last season but it's all about bettering that. To do what we did again last season, you have to keep pushing on and keep improving year on year."
While progress is the aim, Milner claims the club are not setting any specific targets.
He added: "We had a good season (last year), third in the league is a good achievement.
"Every team has strengthened their squad as well and there are obviously a lot of top teams. The Champions League is going to be a new experience for us as a squad, so we will see what happens and take things as they come. We will try and improve on last year.
"Last year we didn't really give ourselves targets, we knew that the target was fourth place but we didn't just settle for that, we kept going and seeing what we could achieve.
"I'm sure we will do that this year and who knows what we can achieve."