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Mancini demands better from Kompany

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned Vincent Kompany he must change his approach to tackling to avoid further red cards.

Kompany was sent off for a heavy tackle on Jack Wilshere in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Arsenal last week, but saw his three-match ban overturned on appeal.

The Belgian was shown two red cards last season, including one in a Manchester derby FA Cup defeat, and the Italian has warned his skipper he must pay more attention to his tackling.

“Vinnie’s a defender and sometimes when a defender is under pressure he can do a bad tackle,” Mancini told reporters.

“I think he needs to pay more attention because this has happened two times.

“We can have a problem if we have another situation like this. I spoke with Vinny and told him to have more attention when he tackles.

“I told him to pay attention and that it’s better that you don’t go in sometimes. Sometimes, if you wait and don’t do a tackle, it’s better.”

Sat 19 January, 2013
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