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Pep Guardiola may have to make midfield sacrifice to sort Man City defence out

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Something needs to change in Manchester City's defence.

The Blues have gifted chances and goals in three of the four Premier League games they have played without anchor man Aymeric Laporte, and they cannot afford to keep dropping points with Liverpool having started so well.

Restoring Fernandinho to his defensive midfield role will remove what new Rodri has brought to the role, and also take away the most reliable centre-back in Laporte's absence.



Rodri has been tremendous to watch since his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid and has shown signs of what he can offer to the team in defence and attack.

Nicolas Otamendi is surely in the firing line after a number of gaffes during the Wolves game in a performance reminiscent of the Manuel Pellegrini era, and John Stones, Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis (in that order) will all be pushing to come back into the backline.

As good as the Spaniard has been, is, and will be, the Premier League is a different beast to the Champions League and he cannot quite offer the same defensive protection or ability to recover as City's ageing master.

What may make more of a difference though is to take Fernandinho out of the defence and move him to his favoured position where Rodri has been established this season.
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