Barry demands City unity

Controversy surrounded the big-spending outfit last month when

Carlos Tevez allegedly refused to play against Bayern Munich in the

Champions League after being named on the bench by manager Roberto

Mancini. Striker Edin Dzeko also made his unhappiness clear when he

was substituted during the 2-0 defeat in Germany, while both Mario

Balotelli and James Milner have produced similar shows of dissent

this year. England international Barry has called on his colleagues

to shelve their egos and put the team first if they are going to

succeed this term. “It’s important that players keep their focus

and not get too disappointed when they’re not playing,” said Barry.

“Everyone has got to stay together and be patient. That’s going to

be the key to success this season. When their chance does come,

it’s important they take it.” City currently sit second in the

Premier League on goal difference to local rivals Manchester United

after a storming start to the campaign. Barry admits the team are

still learning but feels title glory is just around the corner if

they continue to progress. “The club and the squad are still on a

learning curve,” he added. “It’s our first real experience of this.

“It’s our first season in the Champions League and we are looking

to be going on long cup runs as well. The players and the whole

club are adapting to it and I’m sure we can have a great season.

“If you look at our finishes – fifth in 2010, then third last

season when we won the FA Cup – that’s great progression. If we can

keep doing that, then a league title is not going to be too far

away.”