Manchester City fans have been left astounded by the class of Joao Cancelo after the Manchester City star’s assist in the first half again Sweden in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday evening.
Cancelo, who was signed last summer in a £60 million deal from Juventus , struggled for game time ahead of Kyle Walker during his first season at the Etihad. The 26-year-old, however, has steadily worked his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans over these last few months – often being utilised as a makeshift left-back ahead of Benjamin Mendy.
Coming back from injury, Cancelo was brilliant down the wing as Portugal saw off Sweden by putting three past them in a dominant display in the UEFA Nations League.
The Man City defender played a lovely dinked ball into the box that William Carvalho headed onto the post as early as the fourth minute. Just before half-time, Cancelo then sent in a brilliant whipped ball in behind the defensive line to release Jota for Portugal’s second.
The bending cross from just inside Sweden’s half was reminiscent of a ‘De Bruyne-esque‘ delivery which somehow found the Liverpool attacker from a tricky position.
Joao cancelo did this but you wont hear about it cuz his name isnt paul pogba pic.twitter.com/BT0BnOaWzd
— DB7️⃣ (@DonBukayo) October 14, 2020
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In reaction to the footage which has garnered a big reaction on social media, many Man City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions with many fans expecting Pep Guardiola to start Cancelo against Arsenal on Sunday as he was excellent in defence and Sweden hardly had any joy attacking down his side.
You can find some of the best comments from Twitter below;
Found KDBs replacement in midfield while he’s out 👇 https://t.co/InznOpJ1i5
— Joe Ricci (@ViewsOfABlue) October 14, 2020
Pep shouldn’t hesitate playing Cancelo in his natural position. He is incredible
— Timothy Sibanda H (@THunyenyewa) October 14, 2020
The KDB effect!
— Sudip Sharma 🇳🇵 (@Sudip_sharma21) October 15, 2020
Want to see Cancelo, Dias, Laporte and Ake at the back on Saturday!
— Macauley Williams (@bigmacwills) October 14, 2020
Walker needs to warm the bench for a week or two. His pace is the only thing keeping him in the first team.
By now Cancelo should have adapted to our style. He should be given a chance.
— Suhaas Bhat (@Suhaas_Bhat) October 14, 2020
This is what I don’t understand, I really like Walker too but why not play him at LB and Cancelo at RB? Walker can defend on the left but can’t cross so it doesn’t matter as much that he’s right footed on the left.
— ShiznickMCFC (@JanYoUnchained) October 14, 2020