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Brede Hangeland ready for Man City

last updated Sunday 18th September 2011, 11:33 AM

Brede Hangeland, the Norway defender, doesn't need to watch footage of City as he has had several close-ups of their main dangermen. He kept Sergio Aguero off the scoresheet in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid in 2010, made sure Edin Dzeko did not score in an earlier round against Wolfsburg, but has been less successful against Carlos Tevez in the Premier League.

"I've played against all three of them, and they're all world-class players, which is why they're at City. I'm not sure I have any one that I prefer to play against. Whoever we come up against we haveto put in a really good performance, make sure we're organised and not make any mistakes. We can't really do much about their line-up, we'll just focus on our own game."

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland
Fulham defender
Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland
Their game was not good enough to prevent City winning 4-1 at Craven Cottage last season - Tevez scoring twice - and the new manager, Martin Jol, has made few changes so far. "Last season is one I've forgotten!" joked Hangeland. "No, we know that on a good day we can get results against most teams, especially at the Cottage,we've proved that many times. Obviously there are small differences with any manager, but I think we're still recognisable from the last two seasons."

But Fulham have not had too many good days in the League this season, taking only two points from a possible 12. Both teams played European ties in midweek, and if Fulham took any comfort from City drawing at home to Napoli, their own 1-1 Europa League draw at home to FC Twente on Thursday showed their own shortcomings.

Hangeland refuses to blame the European workload for League results. "We learned two years ago that you can easily combine the two if you approach them the right way. When you have a lot of games it's a sign you have done well in the past so you shouldn't be worried about it.

"I know City will have world-class players in every position, but it's one you look forward to. That's one of the things about this league, you get to play against some of the best players in the world. If you look at their squad, of course they will be title contenders, along with a few other teams, so it will be an exciting one to watch."

Source Nick Szczepanik at The Independent
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