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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Barry expecting flak from rivals

GARETH Barry is preparing himself for managerial mind games from Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp.

After successive home defeats, Manchester City have to wait until Monday before they have a chance to hit the winning trail again when they visit Wigan Athletic.

It means both Manchester United and Tottenham will move level on points with the Blues if they win their weekend fixtures against Bolton and Wolves respectively. And Barry predicts that would give rise to the old stagers trying to turn up the heat on stuttering City, who have secured just one win in their last five games.

"I am sure there will be a few comments made, especially as they are playing before us," Barry said.

"That's an ideal time for it.

"We can't really worry about other teams.

"We should be focusing entirely on ourselves and winning a game of football."

However, with the ability of the players not in doubt, it is those peripheral factors that City still require. For instance, the type of siege mentality Ferguson is so good at harnassing at United now appears to be taking hold at City judging by the reaction to Glen Johnson's tackle on Joleon Lescott during City's loss to Liverpool.

"Any great club needs that sort of mentality to go on and achieve things," Barry added.

"When you look at other clubs like United, that have dominated for a while, you need that to be put into the squad."

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