Friday, 25 September 2009

Zabaleta ready to battle

Pablo Zabaleta is ready to fight for the right-back slot:

"I was happy to be given an opportunity to show my quality. It's not easy being on the bench, everyone wants to play but it's so difficult - there are so many quality players, you need to work hard every day for your opportunity.

"There are a lot of games. We are fighting for every competition - the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup. It's important for us because we need an opportunity to win a competition."

It will be interesting to see if Hughes sticks with Zabaleta at right back on Monday. The fact that there were no other changes suggests that Wednesday's team was our first choice, which bodes well for the Argentine. If Richards returns to the team then Zabaleta may have to wait for Gareth Barry or Nigel de Jong to get injured so that he can play in holding midfield. But with Vincent Kompany coming back even that may be difficult.

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