City No2 hails post-Euro form

Manchester City

Manchester City assistant boss David Platt says the Blues' post-Champions League form has come as a welcome surprise.

As is usual immediately before an international break, manager Roberto Mancini hot-footed it away straight after the final whistle following Saturday’s 3-2 win at QPR. However, as the Italian settled back for the short flight home, he could reflect on his star-studded team coming through another major test of character.

Indeed, post-Europe, that is now three wins and a draw for the unbeaten table-toppers, debunking the theory it is those dangerous games that could cost City their title hopes this season.

“Those results have pleased us,” Platt told “We flew to Spain on Tuesday, played in a tough game against Villarreal, then came into this game with the kind of knocks you tend to get in games like that. David Silva had one. Samir Nasri was on the bench because he got one on his knee. It is difficult.

“Ideally, you need another 24 hours to get that freshness back into them. And although we made half a dozen changes again, it still looked as though the boys had that travelling in their legs.

“We are not going to be as sharp and as bright as we have been in certain games but the beauty of it is we have still taken the three points.”