Barry: City stars stick together

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Gareth Barry has called on his Manchester City teammates to shelve their egos and put the team first if they are going to be successful this year.

The plea comes after recent controversy surrounding Carlos Tevez's alleged refusal to play against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League last month, after being named on the bench by Roberto Mancini.

In the same game, Edin Dzeko made his feelings quite clear after he reacted angrily to being substituted in the 2-0 defeat in Germany, and Mario Balotelli and James Milner have also shown signs of discontent this year.

"It's important that players keep their focus and not get too disappointed when they're not playing," said Barry. "Everyone has got to stay together and be patient.


"That's going to be the key to success this season. When their chance does come, it's important they take it."

After a storming start to the 2011-12 campaign, City sit behind leaders Manchester United only on goal difference, and the England midfielder feels that glory is just around the corner for the Citizens squad.

Whilst he admits there is an element of stepping into the unknown as the players continue to learn, he feels the experience can only benefit the club's overall progression.

"The club and the squad are still on a learning curve," he added. "It's our first real experience of this.

"It's our first season in the Champions League and we are looking to be going on long cup runs as well. The players and the whole club are adapting to it and I'm sure we can have a great season.

"If you look at our finishes - fifth in 2010, then third last season when we won the FA Cup - that's great progression. If we can keep doing that, then a league title is not going to be too far away."

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