Nasri - City hunger remains
Samir Nasri claims Manchester City remain as determined as ever to win multiple trophies this season, and he is hoping to play a leading role.
Last Updated: 11/12/11 1:17pm
Samir Nasri claims Manchester City remain as determined as ever to win multiple trophies this season, and he is hoping to play a leading role in that quest.
The Blues saw their UEFA Champions League dream die in midweek, with their adventure coming to end at the group stage.
Their early exit surprised many, but they do have the consolation of a place in the Europa League to look forward to in 2012.
Roberto Mancini's side are also sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table and are the only unbeaten side in the top four divisions of English football.
There is still all to play for at the Etihad Stadium this term and Nasri is adamant that a European setback will not destabilise the ambitious Blues.
"The Champions League setback will not make us more hungry to win the Premier League because we were hungry from the first game of the season," the French midfielder told The People.
"At the start we wanted to win everything. We can't win the Champions League now but we will try to win the Europa League, and the Premier League as well.
"At City we play as a team and defend very high - our model is Barcelona.
"The way they play is that when the defence get the ball it is easier for you because there is less running, so we are fresh in the last 30 metres. It's the way we want to play.
"We always have plenty of solutions when we are in the final area of the pitch and it is good to play with so many attacking options."
Nasri is one of the attacking options available to Mancini and he believes he is starting to find his feet at City following a summer arrival from Arsenal.
He added: "I am feeling better now with the team. I needed a bit of time to settle after I joined from Arsenal because it is not the same mentality or the same way to play football.
"The manager and players have given me confidence and now I am looking to play the type of football I love. I'm confident about the future.
"The manager is someone who is never happy with the result. When we won 5-1 he wanted a clean sheet. He has taught us how to defend and we are going with it.
"If we want to be one of the biggest teams in the world, we have to improve as a team. We know how to score but we have to defend as well. You can see that now, that we do defend as a team.
"I know how to play good football from my time at Arsenal, but I've had to improve a lot defensively."