Champions League: Guardiola reveals why he started Akanji against Sevilla

Akanji vs Sevilla

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has explained why he started Manuel Akanji against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Akanji made his debut for the Premier League champions following his deadline day move from Borussia Dortmund.

The defender stepped in because of injuries to Ayermic Laporte and John Stones.

He could keep his place for Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

“He trained one day and a half with us, but he showed what experience he has at Dortmund and what a good central defender Manchester City brought to us,” Guardiola said.

“He has quality similar to [Aymeric], he can break the lines with the pass. He reads really well the spaces and I am very pleased for him.”

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