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Ireland hails Citizens mentality
17 Aug 2009 - 16:07:39
Midfielder Stephen Ireland has hailed the improved attitude of Manchester City's new-look squad after they got their season off to a winning start.
Ireland scored a late goal to seal a 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, with several big-money signings being given their debuts.
However, despite his optimism, Ireland concedes there is still plenty of improvement in the Citizens squad.
"We are nowhere near the finished product but this was a good start for us," he said following Saturday's match at Ewood Park.
"The difference between this season and the last is the team spirit.
"From the moment we arrived back for pre-season the manager has been drumming it in to us about how we had to be better and mentally stronger this season.
"He said we had to have a better attitude and he was right. There were some bad habits in this squad last season.
"What he has done this time is get players who have the right attitude. They are quality players of high calibre but they are also winners and that's the difference.
"These guys are inspirational. There is a hunger there and a desire and they have the right approach to everything.
"I want to play with these players. This journey is only just beginning."