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John Giles sees Fernandinho "blessing in disguise" amid Man City injury crisis

Fernandinho has a tactics board at home — no wonder Guardiola thinks he’ll thrive at centre back Fernandinho has a tactics board at home — no wonder Guardiola thinks he’ll thrive at centre back
Linda Gilbert | 21 September, 2019, 01:58

Stones' absence will add to the defensive problems for Guardiola, with French centre-back Aymeric Laporte already likely to be ruled out until the New Year.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said City would struggle to win another title with Stones and Otamendi playing at the back but Guardiola was quick to leap to their defence when given the chance to answer back. Last season we lost our first game, it's a short competition and we have to careful. Júnior Moraes has scored seven in his last six appearances, games in which time Marlos has snaffled five. It has happened and what we are not going to do is complain.If they are not able [to play], they are not able, so we have to get 11 players out on the pitch and make an extra effort.

The hits keep on coming for Manchester City.

"I think it's his best position".

But Fernandinho slotted in comfortably at the back as City easily subdued Shakhtar with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan at the Metalist Stadium.

Premier League champions Manchester City, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of a rare league defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Norwich City.

Pep Guardiola first won the Champions League as a manager in 2009 with Barcelona.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has the personality and experience to solve their injury crisis in defence, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Midfielder Phil Foden has additionally not travelled with the squad to Ukraine attributable to illness as City put together to face an opponent they and Guardiola have reach up against on several events in most contemporary seasons.

That is the view of Manchester United legend Gary Neville, and the stats do little to allay fans fears as Pep Guardiola's side are now five points behind rivals Liverpool.

'There are a few players who don't play that much but I want them to. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City Group C clash will be played on late September 18 (Wednesday) night.

'He's quality. Perhaps the only thing he has to improve is to be more relaxed when he doesn't play. The Algerian cut inside from the right and played inside to Gundogan, who timed his run perfectly to beat Andriy Pyatov with a first-time shot.

However, Dinamo Zagreb's 4-0 bashing of Italian side Atalanta in Croatia, saw the Premier League champions remain on group log courtesy of one-goal deficit.