Man City will get ‘punished’ at West Brom if defensive frailties continue, insists defender

Posted in dnxjvxyy on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgManchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has urged the team to resolve their defensive problems before next week’s season opener against West Brom, as the Baggies will ‘punish’ them if they don’t.City’s back line has looked vulnerable during pre-season with Manuel Pellegrini’s men losing 4-1 to Real Madrid last month and conceding another four in the first half in Saturday’s defeat at Stuttgart.Defensive frailties were a recurring issue last season and Mangala acknowledges improvement is needed before City begin their 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign at The Hawthorns next Monday.The Frenchman told the club’s website, “I think what happened against Madrid and Stuttgart rang one or two alarm bells and maybe showed we have to change something and be aware, because we can’t play the way we did in those two games against West Brom or we’ll get punished.“That’s why they were valuable games for us, but the fact is that it is better to find out in pre-season friendlies than in the Premier League because the results are not as important.“It also gives us an idea of the areas we need to work on and improve. Everything is focused on our first game against West Brom and by Monday, we’ll be ready and focused.”Mangala had a mixed season after his £42million move from Porto last summer but ended the season well by helping keep four clean sheets in a run of six successive wins.The 24-year-old said: “I am focused on the season ahead and I want to play my part to the full. I know I need to improve and show my best game every time I play and that’s what I intend to do.” 1 Eliaquim Mangala last_img read more

‘Suarez can carry creativity burden for Arsenal’

Posted in uwvmwtei on November 20th, 2019

first_imgDenis Suarez is being backed to “make a difference in respect of creativity” for Arsenal, with Ian Wright welcoming a deadline day addition from Barcelona as Mesut Ozil remains out of favour.The Gunners were never expected to be busy in the January transfer window, with Unai Emery revealing that he had no funds to spend.In the end, just one deal was done as Suarez was taken from Camp Nou on a deal which includes an option for a permanent move to be made in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wright believes the 25-year-old midfielder will prove to be a shrewd addition as he has worked with Emery before and adds to Arsenal’s attacking threat as they seek inspiration from deep.The former Gunners striker said on his YouTube channel: “What I like about Suarez is he’s a capable and very good player. Unai knows him very well from their time at Sevilla and they won the Europa League together which is a good thing.“I know he’s not played a lot for Barcelona, but he’s a player that the manager wants. When a manager wants you, that kind of gives you a lot of confidence.“It’s what he wants, so you’re hoping that him playing in midfield, and he can play on the wing, diminutive, good skills, you’re hoping that he can come and make a difference in respect of creativity for us.“Because that’s what we need. Because at the moment you feel if you can keep [Alexandre] Lacazette or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang quiet, then I’m not sure where our goals are coming from.”Suarez could be handed an immediate debut by Emery during Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday.A meeting with the reigning Premier League champions would see him thrown in at the deep end.The Gunners do, however, need somebody to step up in a heavyweight encounter, with the club still pushing hard for a top-four finish.It remains to be seen whether Ozil will be called upon to aid their cause at the Etihad Stadium, with the German playmaker having slipped down the pecking order of late.Whoever is called upon, Wright believes that Arsenal are capable of collecting a positive result.He added: “If we can get a point at City, I think that will be brilliant. And hopefully shock people by ending in the top four at the end of the season.“I’m going to go for a draw because that’s what I want.”Arsenal have fared admirably against top-four rivals on home soil this season, but suffered a 2-0 defeat to City on the opening weekend and have gone five Premier League games without a win on the road. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more