De Jong has taste for success
Midfielder Nigel de Jong admits winning the FA Cup last season has given Manchester City the taste for success.
Last Updated: 28/10/11 8:03am
Nigel de Jong admits winning the FA Cup last season has given Manchester City the taste for success and has urged the club to 'go for every prize'.
City ended a lengthy wait for silverware by beating Stoke City in the FA Cup final back in May and are determined to build on their Wembley achievement.
Roberto Mancini's men hold a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after thrashing local rivals United last weekend and reached the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek after a 5-2 win at Wolves.
Mancini fielded completely different line-ups in those two games and Dutch midfielder De Jong is determined to help City win more trophies.
"The FA Cup success gave us the taste for winning things," said De Jong.
"Manchester City hadn't won anything with the group of players so, to win the FA Cup as a group last year, only made us hungry for more success because the enjoyment after no-one forgets.
"Every player in the squad wants that same feeling again. We just have to go for every prize.
"The Carling Cup, with all respect, is the smallest cup out there on a domestic basis. But a prize is still a prize.
"You've got to start somewhere and we started great last season with winning the FA Cup and doing well in the Premier League, and now we are doing well in the Carling Cup.
"Like I said, we just have to go for every prize. If that means the quickest way to success, that means the Carling Cup."
De Jong believes the majority of the squad have reaped the benefits of last term, adding: "Last season, with a lot of new and fresh faces, we were searching for the right combination.
"Now with the squad gelling, we have the experience from over a year now in the Premier League and the players are settling in well. It isn't that difficult for players to blend in."