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Pep Guardiola explains why Ruben Dias is not Man City’s Vincent Kompany replacement

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned people should not compare Ruben Dias with club legend Vincent Kompany. The arrival of Dias has ended the search for Kompany replacement.

With Nathan Ake also signing, City finally appeared to have solidified their defensive options. Given the high-profile nature of Dias’ signing, Guardiola was asked after the Arsenal win whether he can be a replacement to Kompany.

“It would be a big mistake to compare him to Vincent,” Guardiola replied. “Vincent is unique. Ruben is unique, he is 22, 23, it is like with Ederson. Both guys defend, Nathan and Ruben they don’t make mistakes and we suffer a lot the last season so especially the last season we suffer a lot from the mistakes we have done.

“We have to improve but I feel they are real defenders, so now I have to help them to do the buildup and create the spaces where we want to play but today in a difficult game he was there.”

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