Starlet stopper cautious against Premier League’s smaller sides.
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has revealed that he is still finding his feet in the Premier League following his shaky introduction to the life in England, the Daily Mail reports.
Mangala arrived in England at the end of the transfer window for £32million, the final piece in the City jigsaw. A September debut at home in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea passed without much trouble.
However, in City’s next game against Hull he saw himself chalk up a booking and concede a penalty, proving that he still had some work to do.
“I spoke with Martin (Demichelis) and Vinny (Kompany),” he said.
“They warned me about how it’s different but they can tell you, “Oh yeah, you get pressed all the time, it’s going to be physical, it’s going to be hard, they’re going to play the ball behind you, you’re going to have to turn, you’re going to get players who are good with it into feet and who turn and run”.
“I would say that playing against Chelsea back at the start wasn’t particularly a typical English game, it’s the sort of football I’m more used to.”
“Maybe that’s harder for me than games against the big teams at the moment. I will improve and I will cope with that, but it’s all about taking it stage by stage.”
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