Aleksandr Hleb: I Need To Accept That Birmingham City Is Very Different From Barcelona And Arsenal

Midfielder ready for new challenge.
Birmingham City midfielder Aleksandr Hleb has spoken of the differences between his new club and his former, more high profile clubs, Barcelona and Arsenal.

The Belarus international is a new signing at St Andrew’s, joining on a season-long loan from Barcelona, in something of a coup for the Premier League side.

The 29-year-old scored his first goal for the Blues in their 3-1 League Cup third round tie victory against MK Dons on Wednesday, and has admitted that there is a different mentality and amount of quality at Birmingham.

"Of course it’s different, I know that, everybody can see that it’s different," Hleb told the Birmingham Mail.

"I need to accept this and try to bring my best to this team."

And Hleb confessed that he needs to get used to the new approach the club take compared to his parent club Barcelona.

"It’s different from Barca and Arsenal, this is a different team. Here there is not the same quality from the players; people don’t keep the ball as much. We need to fight for points, game to game."

Speaking about his first goal for Birmingham, Hleb added: It was good for me to score. We did well in the first half and scored three good goals.

"We were playing well but after that it was not so good. I don’t know why, we were scared and didn’t control the ball. We lost it.

"We need to learn, after this we will play against teams who are much better. But it was okay."

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