Pep gives a thumbs up to Manuel Akanji for a great start.

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Manchester City head coach Josep Guardiola has hailed the performances of new centre-back Manuel Akanji. In their opening football game they beat Sevilla 4-0.

Manchester City have had a defensive problem with injuries from Kyle Walker and John Stones. Forcing new centre-backs Akanji and Sergio Gomez to be deployed. Made his debut at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday. UFABET

Speaking of Manuel Akanji, Pep said: “He trained with us for a day and a half. But it shows the experience he has at Dortmund and what a good central defender has given us.”

“He has qualities similar to Emmer (Laporte), he can pass the ball to break the line of opponents, Manuel is very smart and has good possession. He’s brilliant, at 27, can read the area well. And I’m very pleased with him.”

In the game that Sevilla Guardiola uses four defensive lines, Joao Cancello, Akanji, Ruben Dias and Gomez. Who may use this set to continue playing in the Premier League. The league will open home to Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday. If Walker and Stones do not return from injury.

“More than excellent, won all the balls with the moment of being attack. Perfectly read the game whether short or long, very smart and when he had to hit. Hit but he didn’t. They hit so hard that they lost a penalty or a foul.” Guardiola said.