Manchester City have enjoyed the ideal start to their Premier League campaign, despite a disillusioned Carlos Tevez barely featuring since the season began in the middle of August.
Six wins and a draw mean that the team are level on points with Manchester United at the top of the table and there is a reasonable chance that Roberto Mancini’s side will be clear leaders after a weekend which sees the Red Devils travel to Anfield.
However, Gareth Barry is calling on his team-mates to stay unified following high-profile incidents of petulance from Edin Dzeko and Tevez, something which occurred during the team’s Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.
“It’s important that players keep their focus and not get too disappointed when they’re not playing,” said Barry.
“Everyone has got to stay together and be patient. That’s going to be the key to success this season. When their chance does come, it’s important they take it.”
City were among the pre-season favourites to win the Champions League, although they face a struggle to qualify with Barry admitting that the squad will take time to adjust to the competition.
“The club and the squad are still on a learning curve,” he added. “It’s our first real experience of this”.