Manchester City fans were given a tantalising glimpse of the future during Wednesday night’s 3-0 Champions League win away at Shakhtar Donestk.
With the game wrapped up in a neat little package, with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus putting the error-prone Ukrainians to the sword, Joao Cancelo stepped off the bench to make just his second appearance in City colours – and his first since that 60-second cameo against Bournemouth.
And in just 10 minutes on the Metalurst Stadium, Cancelo has already won over the supporters desperate to see their new £60 million signing in action (the Sun).
There is a reason why Cancelo has represented Benfica, Valencia, Inter Milan, Juventus and now Manchester City at the age just of 25, all the while earning 16 caps for the Portuguese national team, and a right-back who has the touch and class of a top-class number ten looks tailor made for Pep Guardiola.
The 2019 Serie A champion is the very definition of the modern-day full-back and with mistakes starting to creep into Kyle Walker’s game, this feels like the beginning of the Joao Cancelo era at Manchester City.
Cancelo looked class for the 12 minutes he played tonight. Looks more like a winger than a full back. Will be a handful this season #MCFC— James♠️ (@JamesUTG) September 18, 2019
What a banging performance! Fernandinho looks a dream next to Ota We looked unbelievablely dangerous on the counter and our passing was so crisp at times. Great to see Mendy back and Cancelo looks an absolute baller. Walker beware! ⚠ #SHAMCI #UCL #ManCity #MCFC— SoccerPM (@SoccerPM) September 18, 2019
Good work out, clean sheet too oh and only English team to win in champions league in opening round ... tops seeing Mendy out there again and Cancelo well utter mustard the lad #mcfc pic.twitter.com/chLgQ3siZu— Frank THE Tank ™ (@woyonp) September 18, 2019
Cancelo looks so smooth on the ball, nice to have Mendy back as well. Rodri another masterclass yet to see this kid put a foot wrong— B (@mcfcBren) September 18, 2019
Delighted!— Blue Tone - MCFC (@MCFCTone) September 18, 2019
Tricky game on paper but won comfy and should have been many more!
Rodri excellent. Fern and Ota fine. Jesus, Gundogan, Mahrez all v good.
Great to see Mendy back & Cancelo glimpses of class.#MCFC #ChampionsLeague
Cancelo did more in 5 secs then walker did all game— E.S (@Ed__McfcV2) September 18, 2019
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