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Stubborn Guardiola should swallow his pride and hand Garcia a chance vs Palace

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Stubborn Guardiola should swallow his pride and hand Garcia a chance vs Palace

Manchester City suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend to leave them eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League.

The Citizens were undone by two counter-attacking goals from Adama Traore, and the champions now have some work to do to catch the high flying Reds, who are eight for eight.

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The defending on Traore’s first goal was poor, with Nicolas Otamendi rashly going to ground as Raul Jimenez dribbled towards him.

The Mexican skipped passed the Argentine with ease before playing in Traore for the finish.

It is a sight that City fans have grown used to down the years, and perhaps it is time Otamendi paid the price for his shocking defending.


TBR’s view

Guardiola should consider bringing in Eric Garcia for the club’s next game against Crystal Palace.

The teenager was outstanding against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup, and made headlines recently for pointing out Watford’s defensive setup in the warm up to Guardiola.

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The Spaniard has described the 18-year-old as ‘so intelligent’ (Goal), and so the manager should show that his talk isn’t cheap and actually play him.

Otamendi, as good a ball-playing defender as he is, continues to make silly errors which is alarming given his 31 years of age. He warrants being dropped, and Garcia deserves his chance.

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