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Malaysian custodian bracing himself for a tougher match against the strikers of the visiting Premier League Champions

After catching the eyes of Arsene Wenger in Malaysia’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal last week, national goalkeeper Farizal Marlias can expect to be in the spotlight again when Malaysia play Manchester City at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.

During the match against ‘The Gunners’ last Tuesday, Farizal put in a man-of-the-match performance with a number of crucial saves to keep Malaysia in the game and his composed performance prompted Arsenal manager Wenger to praise the 26-year-old Negri Sembilan custodian after the game.

Farizal however, is refusing to let the praise get to his head and is preparing himself for another testing match against ‘The Citizens’, who are the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions.

“I know the task is going to be more difficult this time,” the Pahang native was quoted as saying in local daily The Star. “The City side has a more formidable forward line, which is led by Argentines Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. The two need no introduction and I have seen them score so many times in the EPL last season.”

With regular number one Khairul Fahmi Che Mat still recovering from a knee injury, the former Shahzan Muda and Perlis player is almost certain to start tomorrow’s match and will definitely need to be at his best once more against City’s world class forwards.

City arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after defeating Arsenal 2-0 in Beijing, China on Friday.

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