Ruben Dias will likely be one among 5 Manchester Cty gamers sharing the captain’s armband this season, says supervisor Pep Guardiola.
Dias, who signed a brand new six-year deal in the summertime, joined Metropolis from Benfica final 12 months and was a mainstay of Guardiola’s defence as he helped the membership win the Premier League title.
The Portugal defender, named Premier League Participant of the Season in addition to England’s Footballer of the Yr in a stellar debut marketing campaign, led the crew in Wednesday’s 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig within the Champions League.
“Everybody needs to be their very own chief,” Guardiola told the club website on Friday. “Each season we make the number of captains. The gamers and backroom employees make the choice.
“Eleven months and one week we’re all right here collectively, and so they know who’re one of the best to characterize the crew. All of us select our 5 captains.”
Dias, 24, stated he was proud to be named one of many captains and prepared for the duty.
“It is undoubtedly an enormous duty and I’ll do my finest to be there for everybody,” he stated.
Metropolis, fifth on the desk after 4 matches, host Southampton on Saturday.
Metropolis vs Soton preview: Stones, Laporte out, Lengthy returns
Champions Manchester Metropolis are once more with out defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte for the go to of Southampton within the Premier League.
The pair are each nonetheless troubled by the muscular accidents that stored them out of the midweek Champions League conflict with RB Leipzig.
Fellow centre-back Nathan Ake, whose father died in the course of the sport on Wednesday, is anticipated to be accessible. Second-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen remains to be out after testing optimistic for coronavirus.
Striker Shane Lengthy will likely be accessible for Southampton after finishing his isolation following a optimistic Covid-19 check.
Midfielder Will Smallbone is again in full crew coaching after eight months on the sidelines with a critical knee damage however is just not anticipated to be rushed again into match motion.
Winger Theo Walcott and midfielder Stuart Armstrong are nonetheless sidelined with calf muscle points.
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