Having the best defence in the league doesn’t usually translate into a crisis but Manchester City seem to be hitting one just at the wrong time.
The loss of their captain Vincent Kompany in the opening game of the season was a big blow to the squad, their leader and best defender out with a groin injury for a month.
This left them with a big problem because having only one fit centre half is not exactly a recipe for success. Javi Garcia had to fill in away to Cardiff and predictably they went on to lose the game in which they looked very shaky at the back.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini went out on deadline day and brought in a much-needed defender, Atletico Madrid’s Martin Demichelis arrived at the club where he would provide much needed defensive cover.
Any manager’s nightmare is seeing a newly signed player injured for an extended period of time.
This is exactly what has happened, Demichelis has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury and now City’s defensive worries start to pile up.
The manager and fans will be praying that Kompany makes a speedy recovery and returns to the starting lineup very soon.
Letting Kolo Toure leave on a free and join Liverpool is now looking a slightly foolish move as he would have provided more than adequate cover in the back four, he has been a hit with Liverpool fans and it’s only three games into the season.
This situation leaves Manchester City in a very difficult position and they can’t afford to fall behind their rivals in the title race.
For a team that has spend so much money on bolstering their attacking options they have seemingly neglected the defensive side of the game.
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