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James Milener targets Manchester City wins over United and Villarreal

17 Oct 2011 08:48:06

James Milener targets Manchester City wins over United and Villarreal

James Milner is refusing to be daunted by Manchester City's huge week ahead and has set his team the target of beating both Villarreal and Manchester United. A 4-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday allowed Roberto Mancini's men to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League, but City now enter the most testing period of their season so far. The Spaniards visit the Etihad Stadium for a must-win Champions League clash on Tuesday night, while Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford will pit the top flight's first and second-placed teams against each other. Awesome foursome: James Milner scored in City's 4-1 win over Aston Villa Celebrations: City went to the top of the Premier League with their victory But Milner, who scored City's fourth against Villa, is confident his side can pick up maximum points this week. 'Every game we play we want to win,' said the England international. 'They're big games but it won't change our philosophy. We'll go and try and win. We've had a slow start in the Champions League but hopefully we'll pick up and put in a performance that we know we can. 'It's a tough group, and obviously our first taste of Champions League football together, but we know we can improve on our Champions League performances so far. A win is vitally important and I'm sure we can get it.' Maybe with the meeting with Yellow Submarine in mind, Mancini left playmakers Samir Nasri and David Silva on the bench against Villa, while eight-goal Sergio Aguero was not risked following a groin strain. Derby day: City travel to face rivals Manchester United on Sunday A City side sporting four changes still had enough to see off Alex McLeish's men, though, and Milner believes that shows how strong a squad the Italian has at his disposal. He said: 'It's easy when you're playing every game, but we have got so many games that the manager is going to use his squad. Yellow Submarine: Villarreal are up next 'We're very lucky that we've got a great squad of players so when you get you chance you have to try and play as well as you can. The main thing is contributing to the team and the most important thing is Manchester City winning football matches. That's all that matters.' Despite another stellar performance against his former club - Milner refused to celebrate his goal as a mark of respect - the 25-year-old is not guaranteed to be given a start against Villarreal. Often a victim of his own versatility, he could be forced to make way for any one of a number of big-name players waiting in the wings, but he insists that team success should always come before personal preference. 'Where the manager asks me to play I will play,' he said. 'I've obviously got better positions and places where I feel I can perform to a better standard but I will do the best I can wherever I'm asked to play. 'Manchester City winning matches is the most important thing. It's not about individuals, it's about the team.'  Villarreal game is more important than Manchester derby, says ManciniBalotelli's got his head screwed on, claims De Jong after City striker's inspired performanceManchester City 4 Aston Villa 1: Who needs Tevez with Super Mario in top form?All the latest Manchester City FC news, features and opinion


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