Mancini calls for Dzeko to show his worth

Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is growing frustrated with January singing Edin Dzeko, arguing that he ‘needs to improve’ after a poor start to his career at Eastlands.

£27million man Dzeko has one lucky deflected goal to show for his seven games so far for his new side  and seems to be struggling with his big money price tag.

Manchester City were poor last night, and nobody epitomised that more than Dseko, who looked devoid of ideas as he failed to score again against European minnows Aris Salonika.

Whilst Mancini admitted it’s difficult sometimes to slot into a new team, he called for an improvement in the player.

“I expect more for Dzeko – he needs to improve,” said Dzeko. “He is a good player.

“I think he has the same difficulty as Torres at Chelsea because when you arrive in January you don’t know your team-mates, it is not easy.

“He can change in every game. It is important that he improves very quickly. We should cross the ball more to him.”

Mancini was still confident his team will finish the job at home and go through to face either Besiktas or Dinamo Kiev.

He said: “This result is better than 1-1. We have a chance because we are at home. It will be a different pitch.

“It wasn’t a good pitch to play football. In the first half Aris got players behind the ball and it was very difficult for us.

“I think it will be a different game in Manchester. We played well, we played football and controlled the game. Aris stayed behind the ball. It was a fantastic atmosphere.”

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