If the answer isn’t Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia what is it? The question is slightly more obvious. Where does Manuel Pellegrini have to turn to find a central defender to fill the void that has been presented to him by injuries to both Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic? The answer might not lie above, but the answer can be found in Spain.
City’s pursuit of Martin Demichelis has been a case of simple math. The Argentinian was a rock for Malaga last season as, under Pellegrini’s stewardship, they advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals and a sixth placed finish in La Liga. What isn’t a case of simple math is that the 32-year-old has already signed for Atletico Madrid this summer. However, the Man City’s official website confirms a deal has been completed for the South American defender.
Demichelis was the captain and leader of that back line. He won 75 % of the tackles he crashed in to, while also winning 64% of the 121 aerial duels he indulged in. In his 31 La Liga appearances he also exerted his authority by making 203 clearances, 68 interceptions and 21 blocks. There’s no doubt his experience, plus his past relationship with Pellegrini, is a huge coup for City.
In comparison to Man City’s defenders, Demichelis won the most tackles (76) and he also won 77 headers. This indicates the combative nature of his defensive style and shows he is not afraid to get stuck-in. Perhaps he would complement the likes of Nastasic, who does well when he has a defender who tidies up besides him.
There’s no doubt that Demichelis would prove a great short-term fit, considering City’s desire for a centre-back. Furthermore, his experience in the Champions League would be an invaluable asset for the club, ahead of another tough European campaign.
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