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Dzeko vows to come good for City

February 21, 2011

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is confident he can add physical resilience to his unstinting mental strength and make a success of his switch to English football.

Edin Dzeko
PA PhotosEdin Dzeko has hit the net twice.

Since the Bosnia-Herzegovina international's £27 million move from Wolfsburg last month he has scored two goals - both against League One side Notts County - in eight appearances.

Dzeko admits he is still trying to adapt to the more physical nature of football in this country but has no doubts he will get to grips with the challenge.

''It's harder here but I will get used to it. It is something new for me,'' he said. ''The referees don't whistle for everything here - in the Bundesliga every small contact is a foul.

''The coach (Roberto Mancini) says to me it is different in Italy and Germany as the referees whistle everything. I hope I can get used to it, and have to get stronger. I have to play stronger.

''In some situations in Germany where I am not so strong it is no problem but in England it is different. You have to fight for every ball. I am okay mentally. When I don't score for two or three games and then lose the ball I always keep my head up.''

Dzeko played alongside temperamental young Italian Mario Balotelli against Notts County but rarely did the pair threaten either individually or as a pair. Tevez, the club's top scorer who registered his 50th City goal in 68 appearances, was on the bench but remains the club's premier striker.

However, Dzeko is confident he can forge profitable partnerships with both the Argentina international and Balotelli.

''We showed in the second half how we (he and Tevez) can play together and also in the first half I played well with Mario and we understood each other,'' said the 24-year-old. ''Everyone could see it. Communication is important and when you have an understanding with someone on the pitch it is the most important thing.

''Carlos has been here a long time and I am the one getting used to everything, so when I settle we will all play much better. I know I can play much better and I will work hard and show people.

''Strikers are expected to score and I have two goals in eight games. When you see this, you can think it's not good, but I try to work also for the team, not just to try to score. I try to assist team-mates. I am not a player who stays on the edge of the box and waits for a chance.''