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Sinclair: Man City boss Guardiola redefined positions this season

Former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair says manager Pep Guardiola redefined positions during this past title winning season.

Full-backs moving inside to add an extra body in midfield was a key theme of City's Premier League triumph, which was achieved by playing without a recognised striker for much of the campaign, whilst Guardiola and Ederson have long been lauded for the Brazilian's contribution to our free-flowing attacking style.

“We'd been successful under Pep already, but I think he slightly tweaked his philosophy to go again," Sinclair told City's website.

“He is redefining what a right-back can do. He's redefined what a goalkeeper does in the Premier League.

“I think because we had so many problems with our strikers, he has even redefined what a centre-forward's role is in the team.

Joao Cancelo comes in like a holding midfielder, the rest of the defence are going into a three and you know what Ederson brings to the table with his distribution and his touch and the fact he is integral to playing through the lines.

“Going forward into the centre-forward position, Jesus is not a serial goalscorer, but he has got different roles to play with his pressing.

“His link up play and his work off the ball are important as well, with that counter-pressing being important to the way the team play."


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