Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Tyrone Marshall

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Tyrone Marshall

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¦ CITY'S MIDFIELD PROBLEM THE biggest surprise in Pep Guardiola's team selection was the presence of Fernandinho. Most people expected the 33-year-old to be rested ahead of a big week, but he was involved from the start on a pitch that sapped the legs.

It shows his importance to City and how thin on the ground alternatives are. Guardiola treats this competition with the utmost respect, but it had seemed an obvious night to give the Brazilian a rest.

When Fernandinho departed at Rodney Parade it was John Stones who filled in for him, but neither he nor Ilkay Gundogan have impressed.

Finding a stand-in and a long-term replacement for the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is City's number one issue this summer. ¦ FODEN'S CLASS GUARDIOLA was impressed by the performance of Phil Foden at Rodney Parade. …

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