Barry spots signs of improvement

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Gareth Barry is confident Manchester City have made 'the next step' this season, and is hoping to add more silverware to his collection after last season's FA Cup success.

The England international has, like his team, made a solid start to the campaign, keeping his place in the side despite additional signings in the transfer window by manager Roberto Mancini.

Barry believes all the new additions have already made a positive impact at the Etihad Stadium, and the aim is to add to the Citizens' Wembley success as quickly as possible.

"Everybody that's come into the team and the squad this season have added something different and certainly helped us improve," he told Manchester City TV online.

"As the season goes on I'm sure we can keep improving. There have certainly been signs early on that we've made the next step from last season and that can only be great. We won the FA Cup and if we can improve on that again I'm sure the fans will be very happy.

"It was a massive deal to win my first trophy. One of the reasons I joined this club was I knew and felt we were heading that way, to be winning trophies.

"To improve as a club and a team, and to finally hear that final whistle in the FA Cup final was a very nice feeling, and you sort of get the taste for winning things and that can make you stronger and want it more. I think as an individual and as a team we all want it again."


Reflecting on the start to the season, Barry is delighted with how City have begun, changing their defensive style to a more free-flowing effort.

"It's been a fantastic start to the season. If we look at negatives from last season people would say we were very defence minded and just worried about clean sheets and keeping people out.

"I suppose if you talk about this year it's been the complete opposite. We've scored a lot of goals and probably conceded more than we would have liked, but overall, the feeling in the changing room is that we're very pleased.

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