Against Sheffield United, Pep Guardiola needs to unleash his “confident” Man City player.
Josko Gvardiol has to be in Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup for Manchester City against Sheffield United in the Premier League.
The Citizens return to action this afternoon as they host the Blades at home after defeating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
In terms of the upcoming final game at the Etihad Stadium in 2023, Gvardiol is a player who, in our opinion, ought to be in from the beginning.
Gvardiol has to get the start versus Sheffield United.
As the first half of City’s match against Everton was nearing to a conclusion, John Stones was forced off due to an ankle injury after a collision with Beto, the striker for the Toffees.
Gvardiol then entered the game to take the Englishman’s position and assist his team in pulling off a victorious comeback.
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In his brief time on the pitch against the Merseyside club, the Croatian successfully performed his defensive duties by winning five of his six duels and making two tackles to prevent City from giving up another goal.
After making 14 league appearances, Zlatko Dalic once called the center-back a “confident” player. He has actually made more interceptions (16) than any other player for City, won more tackles (15), and produced more blocks (17) than any other defender in the team.
Therefore, with Stones out due to injury, Guardiola and City may find that having the 21-year-old in the lineup is essential for their defensive options going forward.
Even though the Blades haven’t been very effective in front of goal this season—just 15 goals in 19 games—having Gvardiol in the lineup will provide City with some defensive solidity at the back going into this afternoon’s matchup.