Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has suggested he will keep searching for a solution to his defensive crisis, because Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi are too old to play every game.
Fernandinho slotted in for the 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in the Champions League, after injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
But Guardiola admitted afterwards he wants to try other options, because the Brazilian and Otamendi have a combined age of 65.
“I didn’t have doubts [Fernandinho] could do it.
“Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34 and next alternative is 18. For three or four months I don’t know what will happen.
“Both were incredible tonight. Nico showed incredible personality after what happened in the previous game.
“We need another solution – Rodri or Kyle Walker maybe – because they cannot play every game at their age,” Guardiola told a news conference at Metalist Stadium.
City were back to their ruthless best in Kharkiv with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus ensuring their Champions League campaign began in style.