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Eliaquim Mangala: After this year, I will know exactly what to expect


Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala says he is not concerned by early-season criticism.

The 23-year-old came under heavy fire after a disastrous start to the season but insists it's part of the learning process to require one full season to settle down at a new club.

"What I need to be is more consistent – not to have one good game, then a bad game, two good games and one medium performance and so on," Mangala told the club's official website.

"Of course there is a period of adjustment that every player makes when they arrive in England and I think that is quite normal.

"I had the same journey when I first arrived in Porto.

"My first season was a bit more complicated but after that I had two very good seasons - that's why I am not worried. It's just my first season. After this year, I will know exactly what to expect."

The Citizens host Hull City on Saturday afternoon and the 23-year-old does not want his team-mates to lose their focus in their bid to win the Premier League title.

"Hull are in a bad moment," Mangala said.

"But we have seen that it doesn't make any difference where a team is in the table or, for that matter, which division they are in. How a team is performing on paper is hypothetical.

"The reality on the pitch is something else.

"We already experienced that against teams like Stoke, Burnley and Middlesbrough. We have been defeated by teams that are below us in the table."

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