City boss hopes for improvement

Last updated : 05 September 2007 By Ben Collins
The Blues suffered their second straight 1-0 league defeat on Sunday away to Blackburn and the City boss hopes to see his side bounce back against Villa.

With no less than 12 players from City's first-team squad away on international duty this week, it allows Eriksson more time with the rest of his players.

But that has made it difficult for the Blues to put Sunday's defeat to Blackburn behind them.

"With not many players in training, we can give them some special training, they've done gym work and a lot of sprints," Sven told the City website.

"We still have players like Elano, Bianchi, Hamann and Garrido out there and it's good for them.

"It's more frustrating when we lost our last game at Blackburn because when you lose a game, you want to have them in the day after to try to put things right.

"That's life and it's good that we have many international players because it means we've got a lot of good football players."

After making a great start to the season by winning our first 3 games, we've now lost the last 2, but Eriksson insists he is not concerned and is hoping for a good response against Villa.

"It (Blackburn) was the first game of all the games we've played so far this season where we didn't perform as well as we can," he said. "The players agreed with me that our performance wasn't as it should have been.

"The last 2 games in the Premier League we've lost 1-0. They were 2 difficult games, to be fair, but anyhow, I'm not happy with that, and I'm sure that the players are not happy with that.

"Now we'll see what happens when they are back for Aston Villa a week on Sunday."