Date: 19th December 2016 at 12:06am
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Manchester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov in the two one victory over Arsenal at the weekend at the Etihad Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected both as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘Call me old fashioned, but I simply can’t come to terms with central defenders who wear gloves. As a consequence, I have always tended to distrust Otamendi. It is a totally irrational position to hold as his mittens can’t possibly determine how well he defends a corner. In any case I may have to revise my stance based on how well he defended against Arsenal in the second half.’


‘I simply didn’t trust this Manchester City backline not to concede a second goal to Arsenal, especially after their first-half mauling, but they managed it. Aleksandar Kolarov is not a natural centre-back but he certainly played like it in the second half. Both Otamendi and Kolarov suddenly became proper defenders and started to compete. They also looked much more comfortable with dedicated full-backs who were happy to sit in and not run all over the place – a feature Pep Guardiola might want to consider in future matches.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Steven Davis (Southampton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United).

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