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Christoph Zimmermann: We need to go back to basics

22 December 2017

Christoph Zimmermann says City need to go back to basics as they look to turn their season around following another disappointing defeat against Brentford.

City were undone by two Lasse Vibe strikes in a first-half in which City’s performance was disjointed.

“They can play good football and we weren’t awake 100% and we were too nervous in our possession,” said Zimmermann, who came on at half-time for the injured Grant Hanley. “We didn’t keep the ball well enough in the first half, and they moved the ball pretty well and totally deserved to be in front at half-time.

“We saw during the good period that we’re capable to doing a lot better. Today it was really frustrating because we were far away from the performance we can deliver. I think we have to get the basics back – that made us strong in the period we have been successful. We have to improve our defending, make the field tighter and be more aggressive. It’s not on the level we can perform.”

Zimmermann also accepted the fans’ frustrations, with just one win in 11 matches. “I think the supporters are completely right to be disappointed with us, I can understand everyone who is frustrated,” he said. “The good thing now is that we play a lot of games because that’s the best way to turn things around.

“I think you could see with the reaction in the second half that it showed our attitude is right. We are capable to fight and to do what it takes. But we have to bring that on the pitch in the next two games. There are still 23 games to play but we have to accept where we are in the table, and do what it takes to improve our situation.”

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