Rodrygo Goes, a striker for Real Madrid, said that he has been studying tapes of Manchester City’s left-back in preparation for their pivotal UEFA Champions League matchup.
However, the Brazilian did not identify any specific players. He said: “I have been watching Manchester City’s left-back whom I will be playing against.”
Rodrygo’s comments will pique interest since City currently lacks an experienced pure left-back. Many different players have started for the Premier League powerhouses in that position, with manager Pep Guardiola even switching to a back three at times.
Due to issues occurring away from the pitch, Benjamin Mendy has missed the whole season and has been replaced at left back by Joao Cancelo. The latter quickly became frustrated with Guardiola and, in January, made a season-long loan to Bayern Munich.
Rodrygo Goes, a striker for Real Madrid, said that he has been studying tapes of Manchester City’s left-back in preparation for their pivotal UEFA Champions League matchup
Last summer, Manchester City acquired Sergio Gomez from RSC Anderlecht, who is a dedicated left defender. So far, though, the Spaniard has appeared in just 20 total appearances across all competitions.
This has led to a revolving door at left back, with players like Bernardo Silva, Rico Lewis, and Nathan Ake all seeing time there this season. According to Transfermarkt, out of the aforementioned four, Ake has played the most minutes (12) at left-back this season across all competitions.
Guardiola used a back three of Akanji, Laporte, and Ake (from right to left) in their most recent encounter, a 2-1 league victory against Leeds United. Left-wing starter Phil Foden often assisted centre midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in closing down defensive gaps.
They had used a very similar tactic in their last game, a 3-0 victory against West Ham United. With Jack Grealish and Rodri starting in place of Foden and Gundogan, Ake was once again on the left side of a back three.