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Man City winger Johnson happy to learn from Italian coaches

Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is happy to be learning from his Italian coaches.

Johnson believes the similar approaches of Fabio Capello and Roberto Mancini give him extra licence to thrill for England and Manchester City respectively.

He said: "Capello and Mancini are pretty similar in their approach. I think in some ways the Italian mentality is different to the English attitude when it comes to management.

"There is an emphasis on the tactical side and the shape of the team.

"Obviously, every manager has things to do differently, but overall I think Mancini and Capello are pretty similar.

"I think if you can get a team to defend the right way, then there is more freedom for the forwards to attack.

"Obviously I like to do that and, when the defence is right, then it gives you a solid base to go forward - and both managers I play for like to do that.

"It gives me freedom in the final third to try things, to score goals and try to play attractive football. The defence gives you the confidence to do those things."

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