Manchester City defender Michael Ball has backed Robinho's claim that the side need to find a winning mentality.

Record buy Robinho, who arrived in the summer in a £32.5million move from Real Madrid, wants his new team-mates to develop a different mindset. The Brazilian's remarks struck a chord with Ball.

"We are fine with it," he told www.mcfc.co.uk. "Robbie has played for one of the best clubs in the world and their mentality is that second is nothing."

He added: "That is the kind of attitude you want as it breeds confidence and that's where we want City to be. We don't want second best, we have got to keep pushing up the league.

"I had that when I was with Rangers and PSV (Eindhoven) - you could lose the league by just a point and it's not good enough."

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