Blues mid­fielder backs lead­ers to bounce back against Wenger’s side

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By GRA­HAM CHASE

JAMES MILNER has warned Arse­nal that Manch­ester City are des­per­ate to take out their Chelsea trou­bles on them this week­end.

Roberto Mancini’s side lost their first Premier League match of the sea­son when they went down 2-1 at Stam­ford Bridge on Mon­day night.

City had racked up scor­ing records with a phe­nom­e­nal 12 wins in a scin­til­lat­ing 14-match un­beaten burst.

But the loss has put a black mark against their fly­ing start to the cam­paign and they are now just two points ahead of bit­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United.

And they could even lose top spot to United on Sun­day when the Reds take on QPR be­fore City host the Gun­ners.


Eng­land star Milner in­sists City were un­lucky to come away from Chelsea with noth­ing – af­ter see­ing the Lon­don­ers come from be­hind fol­low­ing Gael Clichy’s red card.

But he is sure that the Blues will be able to demon­strate what their ti­tle dream is all about against Arsene Wenger’s men.

He said: “The boys are pretty dev­as­tated – it was dis­ap­point­ing for us. We prob­a­bly should have scored a few more when we were on top in the first half.

“We are dis­ap­pointed but we need to make sure we pick our­selves up as we’ve got an­other mas­sive game at the week­end.

“The pos­i­tive side of it is that we have got an­other big one com­ing up.

“We’ll re­cover by work­ing as hard as we can.”

Boss Mancini claimed Ash­ley Cole started a tun­nel row with his post-match cel­e­bra­tions at the Bridge.

But Milner has re­fused to be drawn into a slang­ing match with his Eng­land team-mate.

And he claims City can’t wait for the Arse­nal game to come around to put things right.

He added: “We just con­cen­trate on our­selves. We wanted to get a pos­i­tive re­sult at Chelsea – es­pe­cially when we were 1-0 up – so it’s a big dis­ap­point­ment.

“But it’s in the past now and we need to learn what we can from the game. We must move for­ward, try to take the pos­i­tives and show the hunger to go on and win again at the week­end.”

Milner also ad­mits he is dis­traught about left-back Clichy miss­ing out on a clash with his old club on Sun­day.

He said: “Clichy has been do­ing bril­liantly so we are mas­sively dis­ap­pointed.

“But it will add even more in­cen­tive for us to bounce back and hope­fully put it into the per­for­mance at the week­end.”

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