Silva the saviour as City equal 13-win record

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Lost in the last four City vic­to­ries, that have all re­quired win­ning goals inside the fi­nal seven min­utes, is the cu­ri­ous case of Pep Guardi­ola’s left-back “cri­sis.” When City splurged £140m on three full-backs in 10 days over the sum­mer, it looked as if Guardi­ola’s de­mand that the club com­pletely re­vi­talise that po­si­tion had been an­swered.

How­ever, Ben­jamin Mendy’s se­ri­ous knee in­jury early in the cam­paign in­stantly proved a headache but, ar­guably more dam­ag­ing, has been the form of Danilo, signed for £26.5m from Real Madrid. Guardio- la has taken time to show faith in the Brazil­ian but, after a poor first half by his team yes­ter­day — and Danilo in par­tic­u­lar — he hauled him off, moved mid­fielder Fabian Delph back to his new left-back po­si­tion and City’s at­tack­ing play im­proved ex­po­nen­tially. City, it ap­pears, spent £140m on full­backs last sum­mer and cur­rently have only a con­verted mid­fielder whom the man­ager trusts to play on the left.

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