Why Ruben Dias was named on the Manchester City bench for crucial Liverpool clash


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Published on 2024-03-10 15:38:30

In preparation for Sunday’s highly anticipated Premier League match against Liverpool, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a surprising decision to name centre-back Ruben Dias on the bench. The reigning treble-winners are set to face off against their rivals at Anfield with hopes of securing a crucial victory that could propel them to the top of the league table.

Despite their unbeaten run since early December and recent qualification for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Manchester City’s track record against Liverpool has not been the most favorable. With only two wins in their last eight meetings and just one victory at Anfield since 2003, Guardiola’s side will need to put on a strong performance to come out on top.

In a tactical move, Guardiola has opted for a centre-back pairing of John Stones and Manuel Akanji, leaving Dias on the bench for this important match. Dias, who has been a key player for City this season, has started 32 matches and played in seven previous encounters against Liverpool since joining the team in 2020.

Guardiola defended his decision to bench Dias, citing Akanji’s speed as a crucial factor in facing off against Liverpool’s fast-paced attackers. Despite Dias’ proven success and reliability in defense, Guardiola’s strategic choice reflects the depth and strength of City’s defensive options.

As the match unfolds at Anfield, the spotlight will be on Guardiola’s lineup decisions and whether his selection pays off in securing a vital victory against Liverpool. With the Premier League title race heating up, every tactical move and player selection will be scrutinized for its impact on Manchester City’s pursuit of a fourth successive league title.

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