The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are delighted their side managed to continue their perfect record in the Champions League when they face Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium last night.
Pep Guardiola’s side welcomed Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s Feyenoord to Manchester this evening in the knowledge that their qualification to the knockout stages of the competition has already been secured, finishing top of the group. City appear to have eradicated their defensive frailties that characterised their campaign last season, through the acquisition of two key signings and an increase in the consistency of Guardiola’s team-selections.
The two major signings that have increased the solidity of City’s back-line are those of Brazillian goalkeeper Ederson and England full-back Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker has been in excellent form for the club recently despite a shaky start to life in Manchester that saw him dismissed on his home debut in August.
Walker has already laid on a commendable 5 assists from his opening 16 matches at the club in all competitions, and that record could be set to improve if rumours emerging from Spanish media outlet Don Balon linking Riyad Mahrez with a move to City prove to be true.
Mahrez’s ability to drift into the centre of the pitch from the right-hand side and pull defences apart in the process would provide Walker with plenty of space to exploit down City’s right-hand side of the pitch.
So far this season, Walker has formed a successful partnership down the right-wing with fellow England team-mate Raheem Sterling and Mahrez will certainly have his work cut-out trying to break into the team.
However, if City do manage to bring the Algerian to the Etihad, then Guardiola will have a new forward option who could bring a new dimension to their attacking play and also bring the best out of Walker’s overlapping abilities.