Manchester City came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Wednesday night, with Oleksandr Zinchenko deployed in a strong role.
City fell behind to Kylian Mbappe’s opener, but came back to win thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
This heavyweight clash ended in victory for Pep Guardiola, despite him making a rather surprise decision.
Guardiola named Newcastle target Oleksandr Zinchenko in his starting XI despite Joao Cancelo being in the team.
Newcastle interest in Zinchenko
The Northern Echo reported earlier this week that Newcastle fancy signing Zinchenko on loan in January.
That was reliant on Zinchenko not featuring under Guardiola, but that was before his surprise role against PSG.
When City got on the pitch, Zinchenko wasn’t in the left back role we associate him with. Instead, Zinchenko was deployed as a midfielder – and a very attacking one at that.
Guadiola once again played without a striker. It almost looked like Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan playing relatively deep, with Zinchenko and Bernardo Silva pushing forward.
There were times where it looked like Zinchenko was actually playing up front for City – a show of versatility amid those links to Newcastle.
City fans beside themselves after Zinchenko role
City supporters can’t have expected to see Zinchenko so far up the pitch – and their reactions on Twitter summed it up.
Some can’t believe Guardiola even tried Zinchenko as a striker, simply branding the decision ‘unbelievable’.
Others simply celebrated beating Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe with Zinchenko as a makeshift forward.
Some now think that Zinchenko shouldn’t be sold to Newcastle after Guardiola’s masterclass.