Keane hits out at one Man City star for being ‘bored’ vs Leicester

Date published: Sunday 8th August 2021 8:52 - Joe Williams

Roy Keane

Roy Keane thinks Nathan Ake looked “bored” as Manchester City lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the Community Shield final on Saturday.

The Dutch defender gave away a late penalty, which was converted by Kelechi Iheanacho, as the Foxes scored the only goal of the game at Wembley.

Ake was part of an unfamiliar line-up from Pep Guardiola with a number of City players missing through injury or late returns from their summer exertions.


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And Keane picked out Ake – who the Citizens signed from Bournemouth for £41m last summer – for criticism after he cost his side silverware.

Keane said on ITV: “It’s a definite penalty. Ake is another one of these defenders who gets bored.

“He just switches off for a split second. Credit to Iheanacho, we talk about strikers putting the ball in the net but closing people down, winning the penalty. The keeper got his hand to it but just too much power.

“I look at Ake today, these are important opportunities for these players. You know the manager is doubting you and it just confirms to Pep today that this guy is probably a bit short for us.

“When you make mistakes like that it just confirms what the manager is thinking of you.”

Fellow pundit Ian Wright added: “Nathan Ake has got to be aware that he’s needed there.

“He looks like he’s on his heels. To be fair, Kelechi has come on and been very sharp but it’s a poor foul from him. The goalkeeper was there, maybe the power was too much for him.”

Meanwhile, City boss Guardiola said his side “were so good” but bemoaned their decision-making in the final third against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“I would have loved to win the game,” said Guardiola, who has lifted the Community Shield twice.

“Congratulations to Leicester for the victory, but the performance was really good. At this stage of the season, and to play the young guys, was excellent.

“With a little bit of luck and with better decisions in the final third we could have scored. But with all the players out, the players who have trained together the last two weeks have been exceptional.

“We were so good. That is the first step to try again and compete this season.”

 

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