Guardiola hails this Man City defender ahead of Leipzig Champions League game

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was full of praises for Josko Gvardiol and how he has settled into the City team.

Gvardiol has made 13 appearances for City this season since his switch from RB Leipzig and will face his former side in Tuesday’s Champions League game.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Leipzig, Guardiola had nothing but praises for the defender.

“I don’t have more than incredible words for him, first how he’s settled, which has been fantastic,” said Guardiola.

“He is an incredible person, like Mateo (Kovacic), and all the new players this season have been top.

“Maybe it’s not easy at the beginning to change one league to another but he’s played at a high level.

“Sometimes they move because they don’t play, but he’s so important.

“Nathan can’t play every three days. We know that, so it’s so important (to have him) and the game in Leipzig was, he unbelievable, I reviewed it yesterday.”

When asked if Gvardiol’s position might change in the future, Guardiola  admitted that he may eventually move more centrally, but that he has shown he is a very capable left-back.

He went on: “Yeah of course he can play as a central defender, but when we make build-ups with three, he can go in the middle.

“The position with three centre-backs is the same.

“In the past I discovered him against Leipzig, playing two or three years ago at full-back. He was really good.”