Guardiola explains Joao Cancelo’s role in the team

Joao’s role explained

Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 3-1 winners at Goodison Park after an initial goal from Phil Foden was cancelled out by fortunate touch from Richarlison. However two brilliant strikes from Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva secure all three points for Manchester City.

One of the interesting selections was again seeing Joao Cancelo play in a left-back position which looked to be more inverted and with the Portuguese international playing closer to a left-side centre midfield role and specifically a full back position.

Pep Guardiola was asked after the game about the role Cancelo has been asked to play and explained it depended on a number of factors.

“More people to pass the ball. That’s all,” he said to Amazon Prime after the win. “Sometimes it is in another position, sometimes our full-backs attack wider so it depends on the opponent.”

When pressed on Cancelo being a player of great skill which is needed for the role he agreed.

“Yes of course. Not all footballers can play inside. Alex [Zinchenko] can do it, Fabian Delph has done it in previous seasons. Joao can do it. It depends on the skills.”

Mahrez explains team chemistry

What was very noticeable about the performance of Manchester City was how in tune all of the players were during the match. Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva both combined with each other to create their chances and were finished clinically by the pair.

After the match, Riyad Mahrez spoke to the media and explained that he and his side know where each other are and there is no need for communication verbally because the understanding is already there from a mental aspect.

“We don’t even need to scream or speak to each other – we know where we are,” he said.

Manchester city of now opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the Premier League table as they travel to face Arsenal at the Emirates to extend their winning run to and to further their record to 18 games.

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