Platt sure of City character

Major question marks are being asked about City for the first

time this season after successive home defeats to Manchester United

and Liverpool.

With their lead at the top of the Premier League also being

closed down, City head to Wigan on Monday night with a major point

to prove.

Yet Platt has no doubts over the Blues’ durability.

And he feels last season’s FA Cup triumph has proved the

self-belief to know success can be achieved no matter what

outsiders might say.

“Do you go up and down with results? Yes,” he said.

“I was down the other night. Everyone is disappointed because we

have lost a home game that makes reaching the Carling Cup final

difficult.

“But is this group of players capable of winning by two goals at

Anfield? All season it has shown us that it is.

“This is a team that won last year. Winning the FA Cup will

help.

“It has given us the knowledge that we can win and the desire to

win more.

“There is always something else to look forward to. Pressure is

what you create yourself, I just know we have a team full of

ability.”

Unfortunately for City, the team is not quite as full as manager

Roberto Mancini would like it to be at present.

Yaya and Kolo Toure are away on African Nations Cup duty with

the Ivory Coast, skipper Vincent Kompany is suspended and Mario

Balotelli is a doubt for the trip to Wigan.

It has presented problems Mancini’s players have struggled to

find answers to, although Platt admitted they are not exactly

unexpected.

“We have had a very good run of injuries and suspensions,” he

said.

“We had more or less everyone on the training pitch for a

significant period of time.

“Vincent has had an exceptional season but you can’t expect

someone to play every game. You know these things come about.

“But Roberto has to deal with the players who are available.

“He is not sat there worrying at night about those who

aren’t.”

With Tottenham due at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday, Platt

knows exactly what City will be facing this week if they fail in

their victory quest at Wigan.

After taking a stranglehold on the Premier League for so long,

having that grip prised away brings about its own pressure, which

Platt is keen to shield the City players from.

“We will have to live with intense situations and pressure for

the next four months because I believe we will win enough matches

to remain in the mix,” said Platt.

“But that pressure is created outside your little bubble.

“We just have to understand what is inside our building and we

don’t live the rest of it as much as people might think.

“Every time we go into a football match, we try to win it

without worrying about other people’s results because unless we get

to a certain total, it is irrelevant.

“Nothing creates a diversion. We have to win matches. That is

it.”