Mail: We’ve no defence says Zabaleta
- 27 August 2013 09:50
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Pablo Zabaleta, honest as the day is long both on and off the pitch, is quoted in today’s Daily Mail as saying the Blues need to shore up at the back - as soon as possible.
The 3-2 defeat at Cardiff saw City concede two goals from set-pieces in the surprise defeat in South Wales and the Mail’s Laurie Whitewell focuses on a change in the way the Blues defend corners and free-kicks.
Whitewell reports: “Pellegrini wants those (set-piece) scenarios to be dealt with man-to-man instead, with each City player assigned an opposition member to look after.
“The team’s inability to adjust to the change is at the heart of the mistakes against Cardiff and is, according to Zabaleta, one which must be rectified quickly.
‘Two goals from set pieces for us is hard,’ said the 28-year-old. ‘It has changed for us as last season we were marking zonally and now it is individual marking and sometimes it is hard.
‘But Campbell was very strong in the air. They did well defensively and closed the space well and didn’t give us the chance to create many opportunities. We didn’t defend well at set pieces and it cost us the game.’”
Continuing the defensive theme, The Independent’s Sam Wallace suggests England will stick with Joe Hart despite the City No.1 finding himself in the spotlight for the goals conceded at Cardiff and, at international level, against Scotland.
He writes: “Roy Hodgson will reassure his first-choice England goalkeeper Hart that he will start the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, following the Manchester City man’s mistakes for England against Scotland and then on Sunday against Cardiff City.
“Hodgson will name his squad on Tuesday afternoon at Wembley for the two games, the first a week on Friday, the second four days later in Kiev, with only a few changes expected from the squad he used in the 3-2 win over Scotland.
"There are doubts over Ben Foster, who is Hart’s understudy and was substituted with a foot injury by West Bromwich Albion against Everton at the weekend.”
The best thing the Blues can do next is beat Hull – and keep a clean sheet!