Barry relishes new freedom ... for as long as Mancini lets it last

 

Manchester City may have played some captivating football en route to leading the embryonic Premier League table with six points and seven goals from two games, but the suspicion is that, when he studied the table yesterday morning, Roberto Mancini looked at the goals-against column and frowned. Two goals against is two too many.

His players, though, have enjoyed being let off the leash. Gareth Barry, who thumped in the second goal in Sunday's 3-2 defeat of Bolton, said: "Hopefully we'll be entertainers. We'd like to keep on scoring goals. We spoke about being defensively solid last season, so we need to try and keep them out at the back. But, if we can add goals, we don't mind entertaining as well.

"We are more attack-minded this year with the players who have come in giving the manager great options. He hasn't moved away from the fact you always need to start with clean sheets – to win the title you have to keep them – but if we can add to the goals tally at the same time, we can go far."

City's next match is at White Hart Lane where, last season, they defended for a goalless draw in the campaign's opening match. "If we can put in a good performance against Spurs, it will show how far we've come," added Barry. "Then people may see us in a different light – but we don't worry what people are thinking too much."

This season's start has been far more impressive than a year ago when City took five points, and scored four goals, in their opening four matches. "We wanted to prove we were title contenders from the off," said the England midfielder. "We now have a really tough one at Spurs, but we go with confidence high.

"It's great playing in a team like this. We had quality on the pitch at Bolton, but look at the quality we had on the bench and even some of the players who weren't there. The quality is here and it's here in numbers. The more you have, the easier it can become."

Indeed. Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson began on the bench at the Reebok, Mario Balotelli and Gaël Clichy never left it, and Nigel de Jong was absent injured. "It's fantastic to know you have a player like Carlos waiting to come on if things aren't going to plan," said Barry.

But there is room for improvement. City's seven goals have come from 43 attempts. Doubtless the perfectionist Mancini will be muttering darkly about his players' conversion rate in attack as well as their generosity in defence.

News
news
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
New Articles
tvChristmas special reviewed
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
tvOur review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
tvForget the rumours that Clara Oswald would be quitting the Tardis
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
Life and Style
fashion
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvSo Sky Atlantic arrived in Iceland to film their new and supposedly snow-bound series 'Fortitude'...
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
The Queen delivers her Christmas message
newsTwitter reacts to Her Majesty's Christmas Message
Sport
sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all