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NO MENDY NO PROBLEM

Aymeric Laporte’s performance proves Man City’s left-back position is in safe hands

The Frenchman can make that spot his own

Benjamin Mendy who?

The left-back spot at Man City continues to be a bit of a problem area.

Pep Guardiola has experimented with the position during his time at the Etihad, often turning to Fabian Delph or Oleksandr Zinchenko to do a job.


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> Roberto Carlos

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> Roberto Carlos

Hoffenheim were the Guinea Pig for Guardiola’s latest tactical tweak.

Aymeric Laporte started their Champions League clash at left-back, a position he played just once last season.

His performance however made you think he’s played there his whole career.

He took to life at full-back like a duck to water

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He took to life at full-back like a duck to water

The Frenchman failed to disappoint and was one of City’s standout performers in the 2-1 victory over the Bundesliga side.

The towering centre-back has been an ever-present in Guardiola’s side this season, knocking John Stones out of the first-team.

Laporte’s showing at left-back would have strengthened his case to remain in the starting eleven, with his versatility an added bonus for Guardiola.

You shall not pass

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You shall not pass

In the absence of Mendy, City fans might have been worrying about a lack of cover at left-back.

The marauding wing-back is struggling with injuries as well as ill-discipline off the pitch.

Delph has also failed to impress when deployed at full-back this season and Zinchenko seems to have also fallen out of favour.

Laporte could well be the saviour.

His stature makes him a full-back in a similar mould to Marcos Alonso

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His stature makes him a full-back in a similar mould to Marcos Alonso

The versatility of the former Atletico Bilbao man was undoubtedly a factor in his £57million move to the Etihad in January.

Laporte’s performance emphasises the outrageous talent and depth of City’s squad.

No Mendy, no worries.


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