Manchester City had to settle for a point on Monday night as a resilient Everton side ground out a draw against ten men at the Etihad Stadium, following Kyle Walker’s controversial second yellow card late in the first half.
That lead Pep Guardiola to constantly rejig his tactics throughout the second 45, calling upon some of the club’s incredibly expensive attacking talents – namely summer signing Bernardo Silva, adventurous full-back Danilo and eventual goalscorer Raheem Sterling.
But it wasn’t those operating in the middle-to-final third for City that the Etihad faithful were most impressed with on Monday night. Indeed, we asked Citizens fans earlier this week to vote for their Man of the Match from the 1-1 draw and defender Nicolas Otamendi ran away with our poll, claiming 44% of the vote.
That may come as some surprise considering City weren’t exactly water-tight defensively – in fact, the 6 foot defender was asked to switch sides with Vincent Kompany in the first half after struggling to deal with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s unpredictable threat on the counter-attack, something Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher criticised the Argentine for on Monday Night Football.
Jamie Carragher: "Calvert-Lewin in the first half, he had Otamendi on toast." pic.twitter.com/88Qq7Dda23
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 21, 2017
Jamie Carragher just said ‘otamendi on toast’ on live tv, wetwipe
— Matt (@mattbjones94) August 21, 2017
But the 45-cap international still produced an action-packed display, winning seven aerial duels and even producing three shots at goal, while completing the most touches and the most passes of any player on the pitch.
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