Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City defender has charged his teammates to maintain their impressive form when they welcome Middlesbrough to the Etihad.
Manchester City men currently leads the pack in the UCL and go into the EPL match on the back of an impressive victory against Barcelona.
Otamendi is keen for City to continue their fine form, which has seen them net seven times in two games.
“We are leaders of the Premier League and we want to keep being the leaders so to do that we need to win,” he said, via the club’s official website.
“Our mentality and what the manager says to us is that we have to win. But every game is not the same, the rivalries are different but our mentality is always positive and focused on winning.”
The 3-1 win over Barca has given City a boost ahead of the meeting with 15th-placed Middlesbrough.
Otamendi wants his team to maintain that level of performance at the Etihad Stadium.
“Barcelona are the kind of team that you always want to beat. I’ve never been able to beat them in the past so obviously you always enjoy beating such a good team as FC Barcelona,” he said.
“It gives you a boost as a player and as a team to beat them but that’s not going to be worth it if we don’t get good results in our next Champions League matches.
“For us it was important to win. It’s always positive to beat a team like Barca but form can change all the time. For us it was a big step but we now have to keep this level.”