Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says in-fighting within City's squad is proof of their winning mentality.
The much documented training ground bust-ups and in-fighting within City's squad has dominated much of their season thus far.
But the 23-year-old keeper maintains such fall-outs have never affected the team for long.
“These little mishaps that happen, I’m pretty sure and I’ve always said they’ll happen up and down the country,” said Hart.
“Don’t get me wrong, some of them [bust-ups] have happened. We’re men training hard who want to win, so sometimes you’re going to have to smash someone. That’s just life.
“But after every single one of the skirmishes, if you like, not one has carried on longer than 25 seconds and then whoever has been involved will have respected there was no need for it and moved on.
“There’s never been a [lingering] issue and I think that’s great."
Roberto Mancini's side face Liverpool at Anfield on Monday evening, before the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.
Hart, recently nominated for the PFA's Young Player of the Year, says such has been the change at City that the players are demanding success themselves.
“Times have changed. These are new players and a new winning mentality at City.
“We’ve worked hard, and got ourselves into a great position in the Premier League and FA Cup, so we’ve got to finish it off.
“We’ve done well this season, regardless of what some people might think. But we’re actually a bit gutted because there are a few opportunities we’ve missed. None of the lads are thinking ‘whatever happens this season, we’ll give it a real go next season’. We’re focused on what we can achieve this season.
“The Liverpool game is a huge one for the club and players. We want to really push on now and try to claim third or fourth spot.”
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