Pep Guardiola lauds 'outstanding' Joao Cancelo

Joao Cancelo has become a key part of Man City’s squad this season.

The 26-year old full-back struggled in his debut season with Manchester City and was linked with a move away from the Etihad.

But he established himself as a crucial figure in City’s defence in this campaign and has been outstanding in his last few games.

Cancelo has made 11 Premier League starts this term and has played at both left-back and right-back.


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“Joao’s physicality is incredible. The day after a game he can play again with his regeneration. This is so important for us, having players who are fit,” Guardiola asserted.

“Last season he struggled with a new club and new ideas. He was confused in the beginning.

“He expected something we could not offer him.

“Now he has settled and is giving us what we need.

“He is a nice guy with a great heart.

“The last game (against Birmingham) he was tired, so he played just 45 minutes, hopefully tomorrow he can get back if he is selected.

“Otherwise, he has been outstanding (this season).”


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