Speaking to the official City website, Mangala has explained that facing Kane is an exciting challenge, as he has been playing so well this season.
The French centre-back said: “As for Kane, he has a very good season. He is young and I think that for us it’s more challenging and exciting to play against a player who is in such a rich vein of form. I think it will be a good game and I intend to win my battles to ensure we travel home with three points.”
Mangala will be the defender attempting to restrain Kane’s free-scoring goal exploits, in an attempt to secure a victory for City.
With 20 goals to his name this term, PFA Young Player of the Year Kane is second in the Premier League goalscoring charts, which, considering he only became a regular starter in November, is incredible.
The 21-year-old English international is one goal behind Sergio Aguero on those ranks, and he will surely be looking to overtake the Argentinian forward this weekend. Admittedly Aguero himself will be looking to score, but Kane can never be written off, regardless of the strength of the opposition.
Mangala has endured a poor debut season in English football, and if Kane puts in the kind of performance shown during the 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year's Day, he should give the Frenchman the run around.
It is sure to be an intriguing tactical battle this weekend between Kane and Mangala, but on current form, it is hard to see how the young English star cannot come out on top.