Zabaleta insists defense will be the key to Man City success in the League
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes defense will be the key if his side wants to lift the Premier League title. Argentine full back claims that Manchester City’s solid defensive form will play a crucial role in winning the title race.
The versatile full back played a big role in keeping Manchester City’s fifth clean sheet and helping his side acquire a 3-0 win over bitter rivals Manchester United at the Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Zabaleta added that Manchester City were confident in the quality of attack they had up front, which is why a little extra attention needs to be paid to the defense. The defender believes if the team’s defense does it job thoroughly, which is keeping clean sheets, then the attack will play its role and take the team to victory.
“Defensively we are keeping clean sheets, and that is something that has made the team better -- we know we have enough quality up front to win games, and that we can score at any moment in games,” Zabaleta said. “As a team we look really solid, and that is important at this stage of the season.”
Manchester City’s strong attacking line up can boast about three world class strikers; Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko. Injuries to Aguero and Negredo have provided Dzeko with much needed time on the field.
The striker ended his goalless run with a goal against Hull City before the Manchester derby and added more to his tally with a brilliant brace against Manchester United. Zabaleta is confident Manchester City have the firepower to compete against the best and hunt for top silverware.
“It's also important that our strikers are coming back to their best form, and that they keep scoring goals,” Zabaleta said. “Edin was fantastic and scored two goals, the midfield has been brilliant at supporting the defenders and attacking, and the back four has been fantastic again. We know if we play as a team we can beat anyone, and that win at Old Trafford was an important one.”
Manchester City will travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to play against Arsenal. This will be the first of the three crucial away games that will decide whether Manchester City can keep up with the title race. Manchester City also have visits planned to Anfield for action against Liverpool and their Merseyside rivals Everton.