Nathan Ake names Arsenal star and Liverpool duo as his toughest-ever opponents including surprise pick
Nathan Ake, a defender for Manchester City, has identified the three most challenging opponents he has faced in the Premier League during his career. Manchester City, who are the current champions, are attempting to win their third consecutive title and are in close pursuit of Arsenal, who are currently leading the league by eight points with ten games remaining. Despite Joao Cancelo’s sudden departure in January, Ake has been a valuable asset for Pep Guardiola this season, seamlessly transitioning to the left-back position and effectively defending against skilled wingers while also contributing to the team’s offensive efforts.
To ensure City’s position in the last 16 of the FA Cup, the Dutch player scored the solitary goal against Arsenal. Later, in an interview with HYPERBEAST, Ake shared his experience of facing challenging opponents in the Premier League, where he identified two players from Liverpool and one from Arsenal as his toughest adversaries. Ake particularly mentioned Roberto Firmino from Liverpool, who he considered a tough opponent due to his diverse skillset of cutting in, dropping deep and being proficient with the ball.
“Lately, as I’ve been playing at left back, players like [Bukayo] Saka and [Mohamed] Salah are very difficult as well.”
Ake was then asked who were the best players he had played alongside, and plenty came to the mind of the 28-year-old, having played for Chelsea, Bournemouth and the Dutch national team previously.
“This is really difficult. I’ve played with a lot of very good players,” Ake responded.
“At Chelsea I played with (Didier) Drogba, (Eden) Hazard, (John) Terry, and (Frank) Lampard, they were top of their game and now I play with (Erling) Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne,” he continued.
“So it’s difficult to say one. I’m going to put all those names up there.”