Milner refuses to give up on title
- 10 April 2013 08:53
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
James Milner is hoping City’s derby day victory over Manchester United will unsettle some nerves in the Old Trafford camp, according to this morning's reports.
The midfielder, who opened the scoring in Monday’s 2-1 victory, says that despite the 12 point gap at the top of the Premier League, the Blues are still in with a shout.
“It’s never over until it’s over. People can say it is - but in the dressing room we think it’s mathematically still possible so we’ll take it game-by-game and try to win our remaining fixtures,” Milner told The Sun.
“We know it’s very unlikely they’ll blow it. United have plenty of experience at closing out titles and probably haven’t had too many gaps as big as this before.
“They’ll still be confident but we’ve done all we can by winning — and hopefully we’ve put a bit of doubt in there.”
Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, City are apparently in the process of putting together a £10 million package for Leeds teenager Sam Byram.
“The right back, 19, is top of a list of English players City manager Roberto Mancini wants to bring in,” claims Ian Ladyman.
“Essex-born Byram, who started his career at York, established himself at Leeds this season and impressed Mancini when Leeds played City in the FA Cup.
The deal is worth about £6m up front with add-ons and City may let Byram return to Yorkshire on loan.”
Finally, City’s on loan striker Roque Santa Cruz says his Malaga side have been left stunned by their last minute defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
“Dortmund scored twice in injury time to beat Malaga 3-2 on aggregate to produce one of the greatest comebacks in European Cup history,” reports Sky Sports News.
“Santa Cruz, who is on loan at Malaga from Manchester City, felt Dortmund were lucky to get the win and admitted that his side were devastated by the manner of their defeat.”