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Jamie Redknapp unimpressed by Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy after Leeds scare

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Jamie Redknapp had no doubts over the culprits for Manchester City‘s struggles at Leeds, slamming full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy. 

City left Elland Road with a point after Raheem Sterling‘s opener, scored amid early City dominance, was cancelled-out by Rodrigo’s tap-in during a period of end-to-end chaos. 

Pep Guadriola’s side lost control of the game approaching half-time and looked overrun at times, with both Mendy and Walker caught out for dangerous errors.

Manchester City were held 1-1 by Leeds United on Saturday, again struggling defensively

Manchester City were held 1-1 by Leeds United on Saturday, again struggling defensively

Manchester City were held 1-1 by Leeds United on Saturday, again struggling defensively 

Raheem Sterling gave City the lead before Rodrigo equalised as City's defence lost control

Raheem Sterling gave City the lead before Rodrigo equalised as City's defence lost control

Raheem Sterling gave City the lead before Rodrigo equalised as City’s defence lost control 

Full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker both struggled and both made costly mistakes

Full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker both struggled and both made costly mistakes

Full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker both struggled and both made costly mistakes 

‘The mistakes came from the full-backs today,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports.  

‘I thought Dias made some great challenges and was very composed, Laporte was caught out a couple of times but that’s got the making of a good partnership. 

‘It’s just the full-backs time after time making mistakes, getting done one-on-one.’

City were hoping to bounce-back from a humiliating 5-2 defeat to Leicester last week but despite their attack looking sharp, Leeds exposed the same issues at the back. 

Jamie Redknapp was unimpressed by the pair, placing the blame on the duo for the breakdown

Jamie Redknapp was unimpressed by the pair, placing the blame on the duo for the breakdown

Jamie Redknapp was unimpressed by the pair, placing the blame on the duo for the breakdown

City need to find a solution quickly with Premier League rivals Liverpool already pulling away

City need to find a solution quickly with Premier League rivals Liverpool already pulling away

City need to find a solution quickly with Premier League rivals Liverpool already pulling away

With Liverpool building an unbeaten run at the start of the season once again, time is slipping away from Guardiola to repair the Citizens’ leaks.  

‘Watching a lot of City games I’m positive about how expansive they’re playing,’ former City defender Micah Richards added. 

‘But there seems to be a lot of defensive mistakes creeping in and it keeps happening week in and week out. 

‘If they want to be challenging for the top they need to eradicate them.’ 

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Jorginho moonlighting as Thiago Silva’s English teacher in bid to KO Chelsea’s defensive woes with ‘man on’ and ‘drop’

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JORGINHO has taken on extra work as Thiago Silva’s English teacher to help the Brazilian superstar settle in at Chelsea.

Brazil-born Italian Jorginho also acts as unofficial translator in the dressing room — and it is helping the team iron out defensive woes.

Jorginho is acting as the unofficial translator in a multi-cultural Chelsea dressing room

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Jorginho is acting as the unofficial translator in a multi-cultural Chelsea dressing room Credit: EPA

Thiago, 36, was signed on a free in the summer from Paris Saint-Germain and is seen as a key figure in the back line even though his knowledge of English is minimal.

Midfielder Jorginho, 28, said: “When he has some questions or some doubts he asks me and I try to help him if I can, because my English is not that great.

“I have taught him ‘man on’, ‘turn’ or if he is on the other side ‘switch play’. Things that you need on the pitch. ‘Man on’, ‘drop’ or ‘up’.

“We try to help each other. That’s what you do on and off the pitch.

“He is happy here. He is a big personality, a big player with lots of experience.

“He is helping all of us as a group, the younger players, everyone.

“He finds a way to communicate, whether it is with his hands or he speaks to me and I give the information to the other guys.  We find a way.”

Chelsea boss Frank ­Lampard revealed this week he communicates with Portuguese-speaker Thiago via an interpreter but that the pair already have a solid working relationship.

Thiago Silva was brought in to help patch up Chelsea's awkward defence

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He will have to be managed carefully due to his age but he played a huge role in Tuesday’s stalemate in the Champions League against Sevilla. It was the first goalless draw of Lampard’s 64-game reign.

Chelsea go to Manchester United on Saturday to avenge a 4-0 pummeling in Lamps’ first Premier League match as manager.

Jorginho said: “We are trying to be a solid team, not conceding so many goals. We need to work on that but it is difficult.

“Goals and small details can make the difference at the end.

“We have to work on other things to get better but we are on the right way I think.

“We must focus on defending inside the box, how to press and don’t switch off on set-plays.

“These details make a big difference. We need to be aware all the time. We are trying to do that.

“Thiago helped a lot, talking a lot. Defensively he has massive experience and he knows about football tactically so he is helping all of us so much.

“He has played at a high level for a long time. I think it is easy to see he is a great player on the pitch.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says that Thiago Silva will be a great player after West Brom horror show

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Ajax 0 Liverpool 1 LIVE REACTION: Tagliafico own goal hands Reds all three points in Champions League group stage opener

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FT: AJAX 0-1 LIVERPOOL

Brilliant result for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, with the week they’ve had with injuries, getting off to a winning start and a clean sheet was just what the doctor ordered!

Ajax came at Liverpool in the second half but much like the first half, there was no end product when it really mattered.

Klopp wasn’t taking any risks with his fabulous front three, taking them off for Jota, Minamino and Shaqiri.

The switch of attackers didn’t really stop Liverpool from playing the way they wanted to play.

Jota and co did a good job of dropping deep and catching Ajax on a quick counter attack and it even created chances to extend the Reds lead, notably at the end when Wijnaldum was picked out with a wonderful ball by Jota.

Liverpool pick up all three points and it’s a winning start to the 2020-21 Champions League campaign.

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Manchester City 3-1 FC Porto: Ferran Torres’ second club goal adds to Ilkay Gundogan’s wonderstrike

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Manchester City were rescued by a wonderstrike from Ilkay Gundogan and a second club goal for new signing Ferran Torres after starting badly on Wednesday night.

City fell behind after 14 minutes when Luis Diaz was able to cut across the home defence before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Ederson.

But Pep Guardiola‘s side responded when Sergio Aguero struck from the penalty spot after Pepe had fouled Raheem Sterling.

Gundogan fired City into the lead with a fine free-kick from 25 yards before Torres added gloss.

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Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

Manchester City survived an early scare in the Champions League on Wednesday night to beat FC Porto 3-1 at the Etihad

One of City's summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

One of City's summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

One of City’s summer signings, Ferran Torres, celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Porto to cap a fine second half

City's Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side's goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

City's Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side's goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

City’s Ilkay Gundogan scored the home side’s goal of the night when he sent a free-kick into the top corner of the Porto goal

 

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS 

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson 6; Walker 7, Dias 6.5, Garcia 5.5, Cancelo 5; Silva 7, Rodri 6 (Fernandinho 85mins), Gundogan 7.5 (Foden 68, 6.5); Mahrez 6, Aguero 7 (Torres 68, 7), Sterling 7

Subs not used: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Nmecha, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabe

Booked: Walker, Cancelo, Silva, Garcia.

Scorers: Aguero 20 (pen), Gundogan 65, Torres 73

Manager: Pep Guardiola 6

FC PORTO (5-4-1): Marchesin 6; Corona 6.5 (Nanu 77), Mbemba 6, Pepe 5, Sarr 6.5 (Evanilson 80), Sanusi 6.5 (Nakajima 76); Vieira 6 (Taremi 77), Oliviera 6, Uribe 7, Diaz 7 (Manafa 55, 6); Marega 6

Subs not used: Costa, Leite, Loum, Grujic, Baro, Anderson, Martinez.

Scorer: Diaz 14

Manager: Sergio Conceicao 6

Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia) 4

Player ratings by Ian Ladyman at the Etihad Stadium 

 

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A clinical strike from Porto's Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City's defence apart, finds the net

A clinical strike from Porto's Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City's defence apart, finds the net

A clinical strike from Porto’s Luis Diaz, after a slaloming run that cut Manchester City’s defence apart, finds the net

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Diaz punches the air in celebration after giving his side the lead 14 minutes into the tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City's Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City's Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Shortly after Porto had taken the lead, veteran defender Pepe fouled City’s Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

Pepe remonstrates with referee Andris Treimanis after the penalty was given against the Portuguese central defender

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

In the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero stepped up and lashed home his penalty to bring City back level

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn't prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn't prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin guessed the right way but couldn’t prevent the Argentina international from scoring

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City's Group C Champions League tie

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City's Group C Champions League tie

Aguero celebrates with central midfielder Rodri after scoring the equalising goal in City’s Group C Champions League tie

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

Sterling shows his frustration after another City chance goes begging in a difficult first half against the Portuguese side

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

City boss Pep Guardiola shouts instructions at his players during a tough contest in the Champions League group stages

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he's flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he's flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Sterling attempts to burst into the Porto penalty area as he’s flanked by Chancel Mbemba (left) and Wilson Manafa

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Ilkay Gundogan sends a right-footed free-kick from 25 yards towards goal after he was brought down by Fabio Viera

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola's side in front for the first time on Wednesday night

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola's side in front for the first time on Wednesday night

Gundogan is mobbed by his City team-mates after putting Guardiola’s side in front for the first time on Wednesday night 

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto's top left corner

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto's top left corner

Torres lost his footing after making contact with the ball but then watched as his strike soared into Porto’s top left corner

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