Manchester City’s Jesus Navas expecting strong Bournemouth defensive display

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The Spanish winger is expecting Eddie Howe's side to try and frustrate City in their game this weekend.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Manchester City winger Jesus Navas says he is expecting a strong defensive showing from Bournemouth when the two sides meet this weekend.

Eddie Howe’s side are renowned for playing free-flowing, attractive football, with that philosophy having seen them rise from League One to the Championship, and form there into the Premier League.

Given City’s attacking prowess, though, going gung-ho would be a dangerous tactic to employ from the newly promoted side, and Navas says he is expecting them to be solid at the back and hit on the counter instead.

“I think they will be very compact, defend and frustrate us,” Navas told

“They are a good side and have shown that already this season in certain games. I think they’ll try and hit us on the break while remaining solid at the back but we’re at home, in front of our own fans and we should have enough to take all three points.”

The Spanish winger does, however, believe that the game will be a completely different one to the win over Newcastle.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were in fine form before the international break as they crushed the Magpies 6-1, with Sergio Aguero very much the star of the show on that occasion.

Navas has had to make peace with playing more of a support role in recent weeks, following the arrival of Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg, but he is hoping for a starting berth this weekend in a type of game he loves to play in.

“I think it will be a different match than Newcastle,” he added.

“It will be hard and we may have to be patient, but if it does open up, for a player like me, these are the sort of matches I love to play in. It’s no exaggeration that any team can beat the other which is why you have to be at our best every time we go out. “

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