Eliaquim Mangala excited by competition at Manchester City

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Eliaquim Mangala believes the competition for places at Manchester City will only benefit the club and improve his own game.

The £32 million summer signing has yet to make his debut due to the impressive partnership of Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis but he doesn't fear the fight for places.

Mangala had long been linked with a move to Manchester, and after finally completing the switch in August he's again had to show patience as he waits for his chance.

Not a bad thing

Having already waited over a month for his first City appearance Mangala is expected to again take his place on the bench when the club face Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but that doesn't phase him.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News he said: "Competition is good for me and good for the team.

“The more competition you have, the more competitive the team will be and the more you improve. I am not scared of competition."

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Patience and progress

While some players may expect to walk straight into the starting line-up having cost £32 million, Mangala remains calm about his lack of appearances.

"It is the competition for places which will make me progress – so they will have to continue to play well and I will have to work harder," he said of his defensive colleagues.

It may be only a matter of time before we see the talented defender in the first team, but Mangala knows there will be pressure on him to perform.

He said: "When I get my chance it will be up to me to show what I can do and I know there will be no room for mistakes.”

Champions League chances

The 23-year-old was speaking ahead of his new club's Champions League opener against 2013 champions Bayern Munich.

Last year City were eliminated by Barcelona and the round of 16, and Mangala believes "small details" will define how far they progress this time round.

"I think we have a quality squad but we must not forget the Champions League is all about small details.

“The most important thing is getting through the group stage and finishing top is always beneficial.

“But we know we have to be really focused because sometimes two or three chances or set-pieces can decide a game," he added.

Big target

Having won two Premier League titles in the last three years, City are now intent on getting their hands on the Champions League trophy, but Mangala warned it will be a different challenge to the league.

He said: "The Champions League is not like the league where it’s very open, it’s all on small details and sometimes it’s experience that can make the difference.

“We all know this competition is important for us and we want to do better than last year. We’ve not won it before so it’s one of our big targets for the season.”

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