GiveMeSport contributor Danny Karp takes us through the things we learnt from Manchester City's shock defeat to Cardiff.
Kompany’s leadership was sorely missed
Manchester City’s defence was nothing short of a shambles. There was absolutely no communication between the centre backs and full backs, and the team wasn’t able to respond after the first goal.
The back line certainly missed the powerful Belgian barking out orders, keeping everyone in line and in position. Cardiff's first goal really displayed what City were missing; Kim Bo-Kyung was able to dribble into the box, and deliver a cross into the box with absolutely so pressure put on him.
It looked like Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia couldn’t decide which one of them pressured and which covered. With Kompany on the pitch, Aron Gunnerson doesn't score Cardiff’s opening goal.
Kompany is also one of the best leaders in the footballing world, he has tremendous ability to inspire. Even a casual fan can notice how he never drops his head (even when losing to a bad team). Maybe with Kompany on the pitch, City stop the bleeding at two goals.
Manchester City need another experienced defender
Having Javi Garcia playing as a centre back just isn’t cutting it. City need to buy an experienced centre back before next weekend against Hull. Matija Nastasic should be back by then but competition is needed for Lescott.
Multiple news outlets have reported that Argentine and Atletico Madrid defender Martín Demichelis may come to the Etihad.
Multiple reports say that the deal could be worth less than £4.5 million pounds. Although Demichelis is old, he is still a very good player. A deal for him would be brilliant for the squad.
A true holding midfielder will be key
Manchester City need to play a holding midfielder if they want to start blowing teams away again. Although Fernandinho is an extremely good player, he sits a little too far back to give City what they really need.
The person that does fit the mould though is young Jack Rodwell. Rodwell showed last season that when healthy, he is a very good player and gives the Sky Blues exactly what they need.
He can hold down the centre of the midfield while also being able to help on defence and offence. Having Rodwell anchoring the midfield would free up Yaya Toure even more and give City those long powerful runs that were a key to their title winning season.
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