“I was so surprised by their behavior! – Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko gives an overview of Etihad Stadium dressing room
The Ukraine international has made 112 appearances in all competitions since his first full season at Manchester, following a season on loan at PSV Eindhoven after signing for City in 2016.
Zinchenko, whose current Etihad Stadium contract runs until 2024, has been successful in providing cover to the left-back during a period when the left side of the defense needed to address under Pep Guardiola.
Although Joao Cancelo has made the left-back his own thanks to his attacking exploits this season, Zinchenko’s versatility and ability on the ball have made him a key player for Guardiola.
In a new interview with CityTV this week, the full-back reflected on his time in City’s dressing room and how he was surprised by the humility on one of the most star-studded teams in world football. after arriving at the club. .
âIt’s a dream to be close to these players. You still want to learn and try to get as much as you can, ” said Zinchenko, who won three Premier League titles among a host of other domestic silverware at the Etihad Stadium.
“Obviously I knew (when he signed for City) that I wasn’t going to have much playing time with some of the best players in the world at the club, and yet I know I have to work hard to try to approach them and always try to learn. “
For all the brilliant football they play, Pep Guardiola’s men have been praised for the friendliness in the dressing room, despite being some of the best players in the world across the pitch – a factor that Zinchenko says , has played a key role in their success over the years.
The Ukrainian said: âI guess I expected these superstars to be a little different, but they were so straightforward and I call it ‘class’ because when you go high as an athlete and take a big step forward , you must always be humble. “
âYou always have to be the way you are and that’s what they (the City players) did. I was so surprised by their demeanor and the attitude they showed, they are all professionals. “
Zinchenko continued, “I can say everyone has an amazing attitude on the training ground and in the games, and they try their best to give their all on the pitch because our fans deserve it and this amazing club (Manchester City) can accomplish everything. “
Despite having won numerous trophies at Manchester City, Zinchenko believes her team have a lot of work ahead of them if they are to continue what has been England’s top flight domination under Guardiola.
âIt’s a great feeling to have won these titles which is why we are here. That’s why we have an amazing team and training staff “, added the graduate of the Shakhtar Donetsk academy.
âIt’s a special feeling when you lift these titles, especially the Premier League. I couldn’t have dreamed that I could lift it three times in my life, so I hope I can do it more times at the future, but we still have to work hard for it.
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