Wednesday 13 December 2017

Late start suits City – Milner

James Milner. Picture: PA
James Milner. Picture: PA

MANCHESTER CITY midfielder James Milner is happy to wait until Monday to launch his season in anger.

City will have to watch their Premier League title rivals begin their new campaigns over the weekend before they take to the field against Newcastle early next week.

Yet after featuring for England in midweek, while most of the rest of the City squad were also away on international duty, Milner believes the scheduling works to their benefit.

Milner said: "It helps us out, that we play on Monday. Hopefully all the boys come back from internationals fully fit and ready to go."

City will begin the season among the favourites for the title after a summer of quiet but efficient change.

Most of the drama came at the end of last season as Roberto Mancini was sacked as manager despite finishing runner-up in both league and FA Cup.

Since then Manuel Pellegrini has been eased into the managerial hotseat and City have done the bulk of their transfer business early by signing Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined £90million.

Those changes add to the fresh look at the top end of the Premier League with new managers also coming in at Manchester United and Chelsea.

Milner said: "It's going to be an exciting season. Lots of changes at teams – managers, players, and I think everybody's really excited about what's going to happen.

"We've got a tough game on Monday night, Newcastle, a home game.

"It's always good to get a home game first and hopefully we can get three points."

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