Otamendi to play as right-back?

Date published: Wednesday 9th September 2015 8:54

Nicolas Otamendi Argentina Germany

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly considering Nicolas Otamendi as an emergency right-back this weekend.

The £31.5m centre-back famously played as a right-back in Argentina’s 4-0 thrashing by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup; he was ruthlessly targeted and exposed by Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil.

Manchester City are yet to concede a Premier League goal in four matches but that record will come under severe threat against Palace, currently second in the table with nine points.

Pellegrini may be forced into playing Otamendi out of position by injuries to Bacary Sagna (forced out of France’s friendly win over Serbia on Monday with an ankle injury), Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy.

Pellegrini’s other option is to draft in rookie right-back Pablo Maffeo, the 18-year-old Spaniard who was on the bench for last week’s 2-0 win over Watford.

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