The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Silverware only measure of City success for Milner


MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - James Milner believes Manchester City have to repay their loyal supporters by continuing to bring in trophies as he nears a return to action ahead of the Premier League match at home to his former club, Aston Villa, on Saturday.

Roberto Mancini's men will be looking for three points to keep on the tails of league leaders and rivals Manchester United, while City also welcome Real Madrid to Eastlands on Wednesday for a must-win Champions League group tie.

Some critics have suggested that winning the Premier League last season has quashed some of City's desire to lift trophies as they face a second-successive group exit from the Champions League unless they beat Real next week to keep their slim hopes alive.

But Milner, who thanked fans for their backing while he has been out injured, believes the onus is on City to keep rewarding loyal supporters who backed the club through its more unsuccessful days, and that is what keeps driving them.