Petrov hails City success

Petrov: Hailed success

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Petrov praises Sven's City revolution

Manchester City winger Martin Petrov has hailed his team-mates after their fantastic start to the season.

City are in the heady position of third in the Premiership with 16 points from their first eight games and will be hoping to add to their total when they entertain Middlesbrough at home on Sunday.

Their fine start has confounded critics who thought City could struggle after new boss Sven-Goran Eriksson changed the complexion of the dressing room in the summer when he spent £40million on new talent from across Europe.

But Bulgarian Petrov, who has impressed since his switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer, has hailed his new team-mates, telling The Daily Telegraph: "When you are playing with good footballers around you it is much easier to gel.

Experience

"Nearly all of them play for their national teams so they have great experience. The players here know what to do."

Petrov has enjoyed a varied career, playing in the Bulgarian, Swiss, German and Spanish Leagues before his move to the Premiership.

He believes this has helped him settle in fast into City's multi-cultural dressing room.

"For me it is good. I can speak German, French, Spanish. So I can talk to a lot of the boys. It is just the English players I can't speak to at the moment! I must learn," he said.

Reflecting on his football experiences so far, he added: "It is different everywhere I go - the culture, the football, everything.

"It is different here as well because the Premier League is the best league in the world.

Incredible

"The fans are incredible. I played for big clubs in Germany and Spain but they see football differently here. The atmosphere all around the stadiums is really fantastic.

"On the pitch the players show great spirit and play a lot quicker. It suits me."

Petrov hailed Eriksson, saying the draw of working with the former England boss at Eastlands persuaded him to sign for City.

"He was the main reason I came," he said. "What can I say? He is a big name in football. I did have offers from other clubs - I cannot say who but maybe over the last three years Manchester City have been showing an interest.

"But now, with the new manager, with the new owner and a new team, I thought it was a good time to come."