'Manchester City aiming to finish in style'

With his side 14 points behind runaway leaders and rivals Manchester United, the club's assistant has reassured fans that the club will not ease up as the season draws to a close
Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has insisted that, although his side can no longer win the Premier League, they will not ease up.

Last year's champions could guarantee themselves second place in their next two games, but Platt insists that will not be the end of City’s league campaign.

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"If we can secure second place in our next two or three games that won’t put any kind of on our last two games, at Reading and at home against Norwich," he told reporters.

"We want to win football matches, that is what the players want to do.

"They don't like getting beaten, which they did at Tottenham last week, even though we controlled the game for large periods.

"Have no doubts, we don't need the stimulus and motivation of going for trophies to go out there and perform."

With Manchester United winning the league by such a margin this season, Platt is well aware a lot of work needs to be done if they are to catch their city rivals.

"Maybe once we have made sure nobody can come past us we can look at some kind of strategy for next season," continued Platt.

"Football is no different to horse racing, you want to show them a racecourse because you can stand in good stead for the following year.

"At this moment in time our focus and intensity is to make sure we amass full points, secure second position and win an FA Cup final.

"When that is done we will look at other things."