Nathan Ake has spoken of his delight after making a successful begin to life as a Manchester Metropolis participant.
Metropolis acquired their new Premier League season off on the best foot on Monday as they comfortably and commandingly defeated Wolves 3-1, a group they misplaced to twice final yr.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Phil Foden doubled the lead by placing the crowning glory on a superb group transfer, firing in Raheem Sterling’s cut-back. Wolves pulled a aim again late on by means of a Raul Jimenez header however Gabriel Jesus put the sport to mattress deep into harm time with a deflected effort.
Whereas De Bruyne and Foden will take the headlines, Ake quietly loved a strong debut for the Blues following his £40million arrival from Bournemouth this summer time.
With Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia unavailable, the Dutchman was partnered with John Stones within the coronary heart of defence and so they diminished Wolves to only one shot heading in the right direction, although they managed to attain from it.
Regardless of being denied a clear sheet, Ake is happy along with his debut and beginning the season off with three factors.
“Sure in fact we wished to start out sturdy, new season, Clearly, Wolves is a tricky place to come back so we’re very pleased with three factors,” Ake instructed Sky Sports activities after the sport.
“We simply tried to play with the ball, hold the ball, make it tough. We scored early, that was a bonus for us. After that we tried to regulate the sport. Clearly second half they got here out somewhat bit extra and made it tougher. After they acquired the aim we needed to keep sturdy and defensively good and we acquired that ultimately.
“[In the second half] they pressed us somewhat bit increased, they had been extra direct, they tried to get balls and crosses within the field. Most events we cope with it nicely however a couple of events not so nicely. The aim we’re disenchanted with.”
Metropolis performed in a special variation to their typical midfield three, deploying two defensive midfielders in a double pivot as a substitute of only one, and Ake additionally revealed it is one thing they’d been engaged on in coaching.
“Sure the final week in coaching,” he added. “We did not must a lot time, as a result of pre-season has been in every single place. However I used to be very glad to make debut immediately and glad that we gained.”