Ake is exceeding Pep's expectation with his recent performances

According to Pep Guardiola, Nathan Ake is performing above expectations in the left-back position and assisting in the development of the players around him

Since returning from the World Cup in Qatar, the Dutch defender has played in the position for our three victories and one tie.

The City manager was all praise for Ake ahead of Sunday’s rematch with the London Club in the FA Cup after he once again played a key role in helping City keep a clean sheet in Thursday’s 1-0 Premier League triumph over Chelsea.

Guardiola remarked before the game, “Nobody talks about Nathan, and right now he’s playing beyond our expectations as a left-back.

In a close game at Stamford Bridge, John Stones also stood out, winning the match’s man of the match award. The England defender out-touched every other player on the field in touches, won every aerial duel, and made one magnificent tackle in the first half as Christian Pulisic looked to get through.

The City manager has stated that he needs midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is in contention to face Chelsea. The City manager is eager to give the Spaniard some rest after Rodri experienced cramp in the final moments at Stamford Bridge. A shoulder ailment derailed Phillips’ initial months at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola claims that he is now ready to contribute.

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