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Former Toon Star 'We Are There To Be Shot At'!
Published : 19 Aug 2012 11:43:49
Former Toon winger James Milner expects it to be even tougher for Manchester City to defend the Barclays Premier League title than it was for them to win it.
James Milner: "I can't speak from experience of defending a title because I haven't had that pleasure, but I'm sure it is harder.
"Everyone says that. You're there to be shot at and teams are going to come for you.
"It's up to us to keep on improving and not rest on our laurels. We are working harder in training, everybody wants to get better and the competition for places is there.
"Being champions is a great feeling but it will be twice as hard to retain.
"Teams will now lift their games even more than they did before so it will be a tough experience, but hopefully we'll keep improving as a team and doing well.
"We won't set any targets, we will just go out there and keep playing the same football and then hopefully we will win some more trophies.
"It was a fitting end to a season, when you think about how that season went.
"It looked like we had it won early on and then Man United were in front and became the favourites. They managed to mess it up and then we were the favourites again.
"You can't put into words the emotional swing, not just for us but the fans in the stadium as well.
"To be part of that occasion was incredible and to win the Premier League, it wasn't just the hard work we'd put in that season and the position we'd got ourselves into, it was something you dream about all your life.
"Since you start playing football you want to win the Premier League so to do it was fantastic."