Pep Guardiola has warned in opposition to evaluating new signing Ruben Dias with membership legend Vincent Kompany.
The arrival of Dias, a club-record signing this summer time, ended a two 12 months seek for a high-profile central defensive signing after Kompany left the membership after a wonderful 11-year spell.
With Nathan Ake additionally signing, Metropolis lastly appeared to have solidified their defensive choices. In his first two appearances, Dias has been spectacular, and he saved his first clear sheet within the 1-Zero win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Guardiola praised his new signing for his function in that win, the place he was comparatively quiet however made some essential blocks and interceptions to protect Metropolis’s lead.
And naturally, given the high-profile nature of Dias’ signing, Guardiola was requested after the Arsenal win whether or not he could be a alternative to Kompany.
“It might be a giant mistake to check him to Vincent,” Guardiola replied.
“Vincent is exclusive. Ruben is exclusive, he’s 22, 23, it’s like with Ederson. Each guys defend, Nathan and Ruben they do not make errors and we undergo so much the final season so particularly the final season we undergo so much from the errors we’ve got completed.
“We’ve got to enhance however I really feel they’re actual defenders, so now I’ve to assist them to do the buildup and create the areas the place we wish to play however as we speak in a tough recreation he was there.”
In his quick time at Metropolis, Dias has spent extra time away with Portugal than on the CFA, however Guardiola says he’s already on his technique to being a pacesetter on the again.
He continued: “An important factor for Ruben is he’s a pacesetter. In a short while he’ll lead the staff, the strain, simply 23 years previous.
“We can not overlook he’s the central defender for Portugal and when this occurs he’s one thing particular. We’re delighted thus far with what he has seen.”