Man City prepared to grind out another title – Milner

James Milner is confident that Manchester City are preparing themselves to grind out two wins in their final two Premier League fixtures.

James Milner is confident that Manchester City are preparing themselves to grind out two wins in their final two Premier League fixtures.

City beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday to move to the top of the table, equal on points with Liverpool, with two matches remaining.

The victory was more of an ugly performance from the 2012 champions who produced something similar late in the season when beating Newcastle United 2-0 on the way to a drought-breaking title.

Milner feels that this season’s squad under Manuel Pellegrini have a similar mindset to the team which won the premiership under Roberto Mancini, which gives him assurances that they will get the job done come season’s end.

"That game (against Everton) was very reminiscent of the Newcastle game when we won the title," said the midfielder.

"We didn't play well second half but to grind out the result shows that other side to us.

"People see the ability in the side and how we move the ball and score goals but you can't win if you don't grind it out and fight for every ball.

"Joe Hart made at least one ridiculous save - the one on the break (from Steven Naismith) - and has been absolutely outstanding.

"We won't get carried away because we know better than anyone how close it can be.

"People look at our home fixtures and say we'll definitely win those but we have two tough fixtures and so much can happen; in our experience it went to the wire and it can do that again.

"No one is looking too far ahead. Everyone knows how tough it is to win a league title and how much goes into it.

"With two games left we have to make sure with two 90 minutes left we give absolutely everything and play to our potential."

 
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