quote

First Team News

Video 1 Gallery

Barry might make it for Spurs game

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry

Hopes are high that Gareth Barry could be available for Wednesday's showdown with Spurs.

The midfielder was unable to face his old club, Aston Villa, last Saturday due to a hamstring strain but according to Roberto Mancini he could now be in the mix for this all-important clash.

"Gareth will work with the team in training today," the Manager told mcfc.co.uk. "We will see how that goes and we will leave a decision about him until the day of the game. I'm hopeful he will recover in time for tomorrow, but it is a case of seeing how training goes for him before then.

Stephen Ireland is out, he still has a problem with his ankle from training last week and won't be ready in time for Wednesday.

 

 

Following wins at the weekend for both of tomorrow night's sides, Mancini is urging for City to be positive in the race for a place in next season's Champions League.

He adds, "This game is like a final for us. Win, and we are 80% there f or the Champions League. There's still the game in London to come, but we must win this game first.

"Spurs are a strong team, like Aston Villa, but our approach has to be that we are positive when the game starts.

"It does not matter so much if we play well or play badly, but we must win, and for Spurs it's the same situation.

"We're confident, you are always confident after a win like Saturday. It can be fantastic to be in football and we have worked all through the season to be in this situation. We have a great chance now, and we must take it."

First Team News

Mental strength is key to victory - de Jong

First Team News

Wing men can pilot top four bid - Johnson

First Team News

We do our talking on the pitch - De Jong