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Confidence booster for Bernardo

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Bernardo Corradi wants to use a successful week in Sweden as a springboard to the new season with City.

The Italian striker followed up his goal in the pre-season opener at Doncaster with one in each game during the visit to Sweden, and he feels that the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson as a manager is helping him put a difficult first year at City behind him.

Bernardo says: "It wasn't a great year for me because I started well but I finished most of the season on the bench, however we now have a great manager in Sven.

“This week has been a confidence boost for everybody, Sweden's been a great experience for the whole squad. Good training, great food, nice people coming to watch us and a good preparation for the season to come."

The 31-year-old played for Lazio after Eriksson had managed at the Olympic Stadium, but he says that his new manager's reputation still counts for a lot at the Rome club.

“A lot of my friends and colleagues at Lazio remember Sven and say great things about him, lots of things have changed at Manchester City since last year. We expect to do a lot better than last season, it's not difficult to do better than last year and that will be my first aim on a personal level."

Match Report

Carlstad United v City 21-07-2007

City of Manchester Stadium

City have beaten Carlstad United 4-0 this afternoon in the second and final game of their week-long trip to Sweden. Sven-Goran Eriksson named a side that saw Joe Hart handed a first chance to impress the new Manager. One player to already do that, Shaleum Logan, continued in the starting XI. Upfront, Eriksson went with the Italian Job frontline, as both Bernardo Corradi and Rolando Bianchi started and added to their goals from Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Örgryte IS.Recent signing Gelson Fernandes was named amongst the substitutes and was joined by Kasper Schmeichel who came on for the second half and saved a Carlstad penalty to keep the first clean sheet of the pre-season. The Blues will return home before heading out to Belgium next weekend to face Charleroi on Saturday.

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Shaleum shines in Sweden

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Shaleum Logan’s eye-catching performance in Wednesday night’s win over Örgryte IS has earned praise from Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Match Report

Orgryte IS v City 18-07-2007

City of Manchester Stadium

New signing Rolando Bianchi will partner Emile Mpenza in City's forward line for the friendly against Örgyte IS in Varberg, Sweden, tonight. There's a youthful look to the side, with the versatile Shaleum Logan playing on the right side of midfield, while Gelson Fernandes will, like Bianchi, pull on a City shirt for the first time when he plays alongside Michael Johnson.