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Pep's men show steel as well as silk

Postby LayRong » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:36 pm

Guardiola's first season at Manchester City was undermined by a soft underbelly symbolised by the uncertainty of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, his replacement for exiled Joe Hart, and the struggles of John Stones following his £47.5m move from Everton.

City's full-backs were all fine club servants but ageing in the shape of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksander Kolarov - and it showed.

Guardiola expensively re-upholstered his defence with £50m Kyle Walker from Tottenham, Real Madrid's Danilo for £26.5m and £52m Benjamin Mendy, now possibly missing for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Here at Stamford Bridge, City produced hard evidence that Guardiola might just be putting the foundations in place to complement those brilliant forwards he has at his disposal.

Goalkeeper Ederson, a £35m signing from Benfica, has already shown his bravery, risking and almost sustaining serious injury in the collision (accidental, it should be stressed) that led to Liverpool's Sadio Mane being sent off during City's 5-0 win at Etihad Stadium.

And, slowly but surely, he is showing the sort of form that suggests he is a good upgrade on the hapless Bravo at Chelsea as he made crucial blocks, commanded his area and showed the calmness with the ball at his feet that Guardiola demands.
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Stones, in the absence of injured captain Kompany, also excelled as he was brave in the challenge, cool on the ball and played a full part in a consummate City display.SBOBET

Just to complete Guardiola's defensive satisfaction, Fabian Delph was one of City's outstanding performers in the unaccustomed role of left-back.

The 27-year-old who stayed to fight for his place won a glowing tribute from his manager as the surprise stand-in for injured Mendy.SBOBET

"The last few games Fabian Delph has played have all been outstanding performances," Guardiola said. "He is a guy who doesn't lose the ball, is aggressive and clever. I am so happy for him."

The statistics also strengthen the feeling that City are now a more rounded, complete team.SBOBET
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Re: Pep's men show steel as well as silk

Postby Guest » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:54 am

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