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Exclusive: Zinchenko names who can challenge Manchester City in the title race

Zinchenko of Manchester City

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Oleksandr Zinchenko joined Manchester City in 2016 from a Russian club Ufa. At the time when Zinchenko joined City, Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund were also interested in the left-back.

The versatile defender has been one of the key players of City and during his time with the club, he has made overall 108 appearances, having scored two goals and providing 7 assists.

With Manchester City, the Ukraine international became Premier League champions 3 times and came close to winning the UEFA Champions League last season, however, they lost to league rivals, Chelsea.

 

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With Premier League currently underway, Pep Guardiola’s side are leading the league table with one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool and two points ahead of third-placed Chelsea.

“I think Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all at once,” Zinchenko told VBET News, when asked who can challenge Manchester City in the title race.

This season, Thomas Tuchel’s side have lost only two times in the league and have conceded just 9 goals, having scored 35. City faced the Blues in September and celebrated a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. Their upcoming clash will be in January.

“Chelsea. They are a very organized team. It’s tough to play against them,” City defender said, when asked to name the toughest club that he has come up against in the Premier League.

Zinchenko has been with City for 6 years and in the beginning when he joined Premier League side, he spent a season on loan at PSV.

Zinchenko has been representing Ukraine since 2015. In the last qualifying games of the year, the 25-year-old helped his national team to celebrate a victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The win secured a spot for Ukraine in the World Cup playoffs as they finished second in Group D with 12 points. Now they have been drawn in Path A with Wales, Austria and Scotland, and will face Scotland in the playoffs.

“I wouldn’t say that we played in such high level against Bosnia, but the most important thing is the result. We had to get that result by all means and we managed to do it. Why? Because I think we have a such a good team and with respect to all other teams we had to finish second in our group,” Zinchenko said, when asked what helped Ukraine to play in high level in the 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.