Playqiuqiu – Manchester City were painfully eliminated from the Champions League after only winning 4-3 over Tottenham in the second match of the quarter-finals on Thursday. Guardiola’s squad is considered very strong when attacking but not good enough to survive.
Three goals lodged in Ederson’s goal, four if counted by the first game, prove that Manchester City have a serious problem on their back line. Because of the four goals, three of them happened because of errors in Manchester City’s back line in guarding Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min.
“Son is a player who has a very measurable speed and ability to shoot at goal. Giving him space as did Manchester City players is like making Ederson’s goal a very big target,” wrote the Manchester Evening News page.
Apart from the greatness of a Son Heung-Min, Manchester City is considered to have to buy a new defender who has the ability to make the right decisions while becoming a leader in the back line. So far, this has been done by Vincent Kompany.
Along with increasing age Kompany plus recurring injuries that he often experienced made Manchester City could no longer rely on the Belgian defender. Likewise, it was the case with Nicholas Otamendi, who had begun to be consumed by age.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are considered as having no vision to play like Kompany or Otamendi.
One player Manchester City had to consider very seriously, according to the report, was Matthijs de Ligt. The young defender from Ajax Amsterdam has proven that he can be a leader in the back line.
His success in bringing Ajax away from Real Madrid and Juventus, is considered evidence that De Ligt is a future world class defender. No wonder then that many big clubs want their services.
To get De Ligt is certainly not easy. He is also called for interest by Barcelona, Juventus to city rivals City, Manchester United. Ajax Amsterdam also does not necessarily want to release the player next season because they are certain to lose Frenkie de Jong who left for Barcelona.
Another name called the radar in Manchester City is Tottenham Hotspur’s mainstay defender, Toby Alderweireld. Even though he was 30 years old, Alderweireld was considered the right person to replace Kompany because of his maturity.
Moreover, Alderweireld called to leave Tottenham next season. One reason is because Tottenham are considered not a team that can win the title. In addition, like other Tottenham players, Alderweireld also considers Tottenham management to be quite stingy in paying their players.
The operation to bring Alderweireld is very likely to be launched by Manchester City. They have Kyle Walker who is a former Tottenham player.
Whoever will be bought by Manchester City, they certainly have to clean up in the back line. Especially next season can be Pep Guardiola’s last gamble at Manchester City.
The Spanish man was brought in by Manchester City officials in the hope that they could win the Champions League title. So far, after three seasons dealing with Manchester City, Guardiola failed to realize the dream.
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