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May 1, 2013

Platt: City 'obligated' to win

Manchester City assistant David Platt refuses to believe his club will take its foot off the Premier League pedal despite being left with only second place to fight over.

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Last season's champions forfeited their crown to arch-rivals Manchester United in recent weeks and, with only four games left in the campaign, have all but secured Champions League football for next season.

But Platt has insisted that even if the runners-up spot is confirmed in the upcoming matches, City's players will not take a step back in their will to win.

"I have been saying for weeks that this football club is obligated to win football matches," Platt said.

"If we can secure second place within the next two or three games that won't put any kind of slant on our last two games, at Reading and at home against Norwich.

"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.

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

However, Platt did concede that if second place is secured before the end of the season, manager Roberto Mancini and his staff may begin to plan their assault to win back the title they lost after only one season.

But the pain of losing their Premier League crown could be softened when they face Wigan in next month's FA Cup final, a trophy that has not been forgotten amid the race to finish in the top-four.

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

"Football is no different to horse racing, you want to show them a racecourse because you can stand them in good stead the following year. We will have a look at that later.

"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.

"Once we have done that we will look at other things."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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