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Mangala: Competition for places pushes Man City players to improve

first_imgManchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is happy with the added competition fellow centre-back and summer signing Nicolas Otamendi has brought to the club.Manuel Pellegrini added the Argentinean to his side’s defensive options and it has meant Mangala has been dropped for certain matches – including Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Captain Vincent Kompany, when fully fit, is almost guaranteed his place in the starting XI with Mangala, Otamendi and Martin Demichelis vying to partner the Belgian.“Competition is good. I’m happy,” Mangala said. “It’s motivated me to improve step by step. When you are at one step, you want to keep going – to move further up.“I want to improve every day in training and during the games. That’s important for me.“It’s very good for us,” he said about the situation. “I knew Martin and Vinnie from last season and I knew Nico at Porto. It’s easier to play with them.“We have some parts that are different. I think Nico and Martin are similar players – and the same with Vinnie and me – but we complement each other and that is very good for the team.” 1 Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala last_img read more