City target wins – not United

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Manchester City coach David Platt has tried to switch the focus away from a possible title decider against Manchester United in April, and put his side’s focus on winning as many games as possible for the rest of the season.

The Red Devils travel to the Etihad Stadium on April 30th, with many tipping the Monday night local derby to be a title decider with just two more games to follow that match.

However, former England midfielder Platt insists winning games before that is the most important thing for the team, although there isn’t a points target that Roberto Mancini’s side are working towards.

"We could turn around and say we need x (points), but x might not be enough," said Platt ahead of this weekend’s clash against Bolton.


"We just go into every football match looking to get the points and we will see where it takes us."

City go into their clash against the Trotters full of confidence after last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Blackburn, a win which saw the side return to their free-flowing best.

However, Platt insists the style-of-play is only relevant if the team continue to win games, and the focus is always on picking up three points in any way possible.

"It counts for nothing unless you put the ball in the back of the net. That is what we have got to do. You can play all the beautiful football you want in front of teams but we have to, in the main, go and break teams down," continued Platt.

With Argentine striker Carlos Tevez set for a possible return, manager Mancini has no shortage of options for the rest of the season. And Platt knows it’s a juggling act to keep everyone happy, especially with the rotation policy utilised by the Italian.

"At the end of the day you will keep 11 happy, another seven slightly happy, and the others will be disappointed when they are not playing in a game," the former Arsenal midfielder concluded.

"But, to be honest, that is part and parcel of football. It has been going on for ever and a day and will continue to.

"But we have a rotation of the squad, we move it around. We try to do that when we have a full complement of players, to keep everyone nice and healthy."

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