Ferguson: Blues have no excuses

City had to cope with a hectic fixture schedule during their

triumphant Carling Cup campaign and they have dropped into the

relegation zone after failing to pick up a win since last month’s

victory over Arsenal at Wembley. But former Scotland international

Ferguson believes modern footballers should be fit enough to handle

the strain of a cup run and has called on the squad to produce a

strong run in the closing games. “It is a tough schedule but I am

not going to use that as an excuse,” Ferguson told the Birmingham

Mail. “I honestly don’t believe that tiredness comes into it. “This

is what you do as a football player. You want to play in these sort

of games and you realise that if you go on a cup run you are going

to play extra games. It’s what we are mentally and physically

prepared for. “Now the boys have had a week to go away and have a

think and recharge the batteries and there are no excuses over the

last seven weeks of the season.”