The Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern were disappointed by their sides first defeat of the season last night, but they retain plenty of optimism ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.
Pep Guardiola decided to field a second-string side for City’s visit to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine last night, and his decision resulted in the club’s first defeat since April. City had little to play for on the night as they had already qualified for the knockout stages as winners of Group F – a factor which undoubtedly sapped some intensity out of their performance.
Despite the 2-1 defeat, it was a landmark night for City’s youth team, as City’s academy products Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo started the game in Ukraine.
Foden was included in City’s first-team starting line-up for the first time in his Manchester City career at just 17 years of age, whilst Adarabioyo made his second Champions League start in City blue.
Both of the aforementioned players looked assured throughout proceedings, and it is fair to say that future looks bright for the club on the evidence of their performances.
However, it was the cameo performance of another of City’s academy products, namely Brahim Diaz that really captured the imagination of the onlooking City supporters.
Diaz was a constant menace to Shakhtar’s backline with his direct dribbling and quick feet after entering the fray as a substitute in the 62nd minute and his eye-catching performance was a big post-match talking point on Twitter.
Here’ what the Citizens had to say about Brahim Diaz’s cameo performance…
Many positives from the game today. Brahim Diaz showed glimpses of class. Foden became the youngest City player in UCL. Adarabioyo played well. Most importantly 7 players rested for the derby.
— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) December 6, 2017
I'm prepared to be patient with Bernardo Silva, but Brahim Diaz showed more in a 20 minute cameo than he has all season.
Everything BS does seems to be negative. Needs to be receiving the ball on the half-turn more, dribbling into dangerous areas etc. #mcfc
— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) December 6, 2017
Wish Brahim Diaz chose for us instead of Spain
— ZEN (@TonyZen_) December 6, 2017
I think it’s fair to say Adarabioyo & Foden have played tonight however Brahim Diaz has been excellent since coming in, been the best player in a City shirt.
— BK (@ByronMCFC) December 6, 2017
Brahim Diaz is 100% ready…….This Boy is very confident and talented.
Give him a proper squad number and unleash him against the big boys……..There is a Messi locked up in Brahim Diaz.
Totally agree that Brahim Diaz should be brought on against teams that are sitting back deep and effectively parking the bus – he could be the key to unlocking them.
— TheMCFCView (@TheMCFCView) December 7, 2017
Good to see youth given a chance for once. Foden had a solid game. Far better than Danilo on the other side. But Brahim Diaz was the star of the show. Utterly brilliant when he came on
— Keanu Patterson (@k_pat123) December 6, 2017
If Brahim Diaz doesn’t become world class, there’s no justice in this world
— (@EvilHassy) December 6, 2017
Brahim Diaz has magic feet. Special talent and was the catalyst for our late show. Super impressed and deserves more chances in the first team.
— The City Blues (@mcfcblues123) December 6, 2017
Brahim Diaz gives me those Dybala vibes
— (@DL30_) December 7, 2017