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Bailly: No Guaranteed Spot Under Mourinho

Eric Bailly says no spot is guaranteed under Jose Mourinho, as everyone is competing for every position.

Bailly is competing with the likes of Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for the role of central defenders.

And the Ivory Coast international is relishing the challenge of competing for a spot, as it makes him a better player.

“It’s very important for us, it’s important for the team, it’s important for the manager, and when it’s like that, there is also competition amongst ourselves, so we always have to improve because I don’t think anyone is automatically entitled to their position in that team,” Bailly told United Review.

“There’s a good relationship between Phil and me, and with the other two defenders, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling, even though we’ve not had the chance to play together yet.

“It’s fine in my view because there are four of us defenders and everyone is ready to make the most of the opportunities the manager gives us. To defend as well as possible and concede less goals, that’s the aim for all of us.”

“For me, the aspect that was very important and where I see improvements – and can improve even more, to be honest – is the tactics, as well as the high level of concentration that’s required.

“For a young defender it’s very important and with this manager I’m positive about the future.”

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