Pep Guardiola

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Most expensive defence

No side in world football has a more expensive defense than Manchester City.

Since 2014, Man City have forked out more than £240m on defenders and goalkeepers.

A number of high-profile signings have flopped at the club in recent seasons, including former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

Despite their expensive additions, Pep Guardiola has chosen to start central midfielder Fabian Delph at left-back for City’s Group F match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

Delph has found chances at the Etihad few and far between since he moved to the club from Aston Villa in 2015. Injuries haven’t helped his cause either.

The 27-year-old scored a cracker of a goal in City’s recent 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, and is being rewarded with a start – albeit not in his preferred position.


To be fair to Guardiola, first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy, another summer addition, is injured.

Still, it does seem an odd choice.