Joao Cancelo has credited Pep Guardiola for his development.
“He has had a huge influence on my role here at Manchester City,” Cancelo revealed in describing the impact of working under the boss.
“I was always used to play as a right back, but now I have learnt how to play in the midfield, with my back against the opponent’s goal.
“It’s a completely different role and I give all the credit to Pep Guardiola for thinking about that and helping me develop in a different position on the pitch, in the midfield, alongside Rodri and Fernandinho, for instance.
“I feel like a more complete player now, both technically and tactically
“I am privileged to work every day under the command of Pep Guardiola and he encouraged me a lot, so I feel like I’m a better player now.”
“When I was a kid, I used to play as a winger on both sides. When I arrived at Benfica, I started playing as a full-back,” Cancelo recalled.
“At Valencia, I played sometimes as a winger as well. So, my position has been changing over the years.
“My favourite position is right-back, but I have always liked to be versatile and do different things on the pitch.
“I think a player with my skills can play in more than one position and that also helps the team when necessary.
“When there are injuries in other positions, I can cover for my teammates, so I think that is beneficial for the team in the long term.
“I always try to give my best no matter what position I play and help the team to achieve its goals.”