Guardiola reveals how Laporte gives Man City an edge over their

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that a left-footed defender in Aymeric Laporte gives them an attacking edge over their rivalsLaporte, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in January from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record transfer fee, has established himself as a key member of the City squad.Expect for the Carabao Cup fixtures, Laporte has started in all of City’s games this season with some solid displays at the back as the Citizens chase even more glory.And Guardiola feels that, as a naturally left-sided player, Laporte can distribute the ball much quicker from the back of the pitch.“First of all his level. In today’s training session, for example, he was so focused, but I would say the same with Vincent [Kompany], John [Stones] and Nico [Otamendi],” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.“But especially because he is left-footed playing on the left side. He gives us an alternative for the build-up, quicker and faster than the other ones with the right [foot].“When you receive the ball to the right you have to go inside because you go to the right foot.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“On the left, you go to that side. So that helps us to create this build-up and [another] build-up. With the right, it’s always [the same build-up]. It’s a little bit more complicated.“That would be one of the reasons why.”The Catalan coach also feels that Laporte’s lack of action for France will only benefit City as it means he will have more chances for rest over the course of the campaign.“[Laporte] is not going to play all season all the minutes, but he doesn’t go to the national team, he has a break for two weeks,” Guardiola added. “This period he’s fitter and can play regularly.“When the international break is finishing come December, January, February, of course, everyone is going to play.”City will face Tottenham at Wembley tonight at 21:00 (CEST), where they will hope to collect all three points and reclaim top spot in the Premier League from Liverpool.last_img

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