According to ESPN defender Kieran Trippier has admitted that his confidence was rocked by our thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in December but insists he is a better player now, as he prepares for the biggest test of his career against Juventus.
We were abysmal in that 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium and Trippier, a former City academy player, endured a nightmare afternoon against Leroy Sane, who ran inside him to set-up the third goal for Raheem Sterling.
His performance was so poor, he was dropped for the next two matches, with Serge Aurier starting twice within three days over Christmas, however the England international has recovered his form and his position, and his displays against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were among his best for the club.
“I’m one of those guys who’s honest,”:Trippier said. “It obviously wasn’t the best day for me. City were unbelievable that day. When we looked back at it, we knew we had to move forward.
He added: “It wasn’t one of the best games I’ve had, I’m honest about that. But I’ve had a lot of games since then to build my confidence back up. I just watched the game back a couple of times and looked at where I went wrong. We spoke about it as players as well. You move on. Man City were on fire that day, they deserved to win, and you just move on and try to win games. That’s how you build confidence.
Trippier went on to say: “I made quite a few mistakes that day and you can only learn. I’m still quite young so I’m willing to learn from the manager or from players.”
We are unbeaten in 17 since the defeat at City and Trippier added: “Going into those games like the north London derby and United, you want to play because they’re massive.You want to win, and we did. We got good results in them and it builds confidence and you move on, and just try to do your best every time you get the opportunity to play.
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