London - Manchester City's attacking instincts can leave
them exposed at the back and goalkeeper Joe Hart wants the side to tighten up
defensively after going eight games without a clean sheet.
City began the season rock solid at the back, going five straight
Premier League games without conceding.
Some of the sudden slackness can be put down to the absence
of injured captain and central defender Vincent Kompany, who came off the bench
in stoppage time in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
All five of their clean sheets came with Kompany in the
side. The Belgian has been sidelined since mid-September with a calf problem.
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"We are working hard as a team" said Hart.
"We appreciate we are quite an attacking team so we can
leave ourselves a little short at the back sometimes and it's something we want
to improve, but we want to improve all over the pitch to be the team we want to
While goalkeeper Hart is understandably focused on City
becoming harder to score against, Kevin De Bruyne, who grabbed the winner in
stoppage time against Sevilla, said it was their commitment to attack that
earned the points on Wednesday.
"Even though we didn't have our best game, in the end
we tried everything to look for the victory and thankfully in the end we could
score," De Bruyne said.
"To get a draw (in Spain) isn't that bad but I think we
have a team to attack. Sevilla are very good in possession but we will try to
get the three points there too," he added.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini heaped praise on De Bruyne,
calling him the "perfect player" for the club after the 24-year-old
midfielder scored his fifth goal in nine appearances.
"We bought Kevin because we knew is a very creative
player who can score and create goals and in that respect he was the perfect
player to bring to our club," Pellegrini said.For
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