Cape Town - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted at a defensive reshuffle for Saturday's clash with Watford at the Etihad Stadium.
City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a comfortable
3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday night, much to the
delight of Guardiola.
Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gabriel Jesus were all on target
during the Group C clash, but Guardiola says there is no time to
celebrate with the Hornets on the horizon.
City need to bounce back in the Premier League following a shock
defeat against Norwich last weekend, and Guardiola's focus is now on the
"I think already about Watford as we don't have much time, but to
start away in the Champions League with a good result (is positive) and I
know we played really good," he said.
"We created incredible chances and all the guys were fantastic. It's a good result to start - better than last season."
Fernandinho was not troubled in central defence as he stepped in for
the injured John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, but Guardiola says he will
have to look at other options going forward.
The Spanish tactician says he cannot expect the Brazilian and Nicolas
Otamendi to play every game there and other options are needed.
Youngster Eric Garcia, who was on the bench last night is one, but
the more experienced Kyle Walker and new signing Rodri could also play
as makeshift centre-backs.
"I didn't have doubts he (Fernandinho) could do it and he's going to
do it (again)," he added. "But Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34, and next
alternative is 18. For three or four months I don't know what will
"Both were incredible tonight but we need another solution - Rodri or
Kyle (Walker) maybe - because they cannot play every game at their
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