After enjoying an excellent start at City, teenage defender, Matija Nastasic, has reflected upon his first season in English football. The Serbian, 19, who transferred from Italian outfit, Fiorentina, in the summer for £12 million, plus Stefan Savic, has been nothing short of sensational and has forged a solid partnership with Vincent Kompany. In the process, Joleon Lescott and Kompany’s title winning defensive partnership has been broken up. But who can argue with Roberto Mancini when Nastasic has been so good? Nastasic said:
I’m very proud that I have held down a first-team place because Joleon Lescott is a great player and so is Kolo Toure. I didn’t expect to play straight away. When I arrived I noticed in the first couple of games that I could settle down and had time to play my way into games and that gave me confidence.
So far I’ve played 20 games and everything is going well for me at the moment. But it’s not really important who plays as long as the team do well. Of course, it’s very important for a player to do well in the first two or three games because you are still finding your feet.
The physical aspect of the English game is something that Nastasic is enjoying:
The main difference is that in Italy it’s a very tactical game. Teams get a lot of players behind the ball. Here the games are more open and the challenges are stronger. All the players I’ve played against have given me a different challenge so I have to be focused on each game as it comes. I can’t say one individual has been harder to face over another, but everyone I’ve played against has been difficult.
I feel I have the ability to cope with the Premier League. This is a great club and I’m really enjoying being a City player.