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Ruben Dias straight into Man City line-up for debut at Leeds

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Oct 2020

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Ruben Dias has been named in Manchester City’s starting XI for the trip to Leeds United, giving the centre-back his club debut.

Dias’ move to City for an initial £62million (€68m) was confirmed by Benfica last Sunday.

Nicolas Otamendi went the other way as part of the deal, and Dias – whose arrival was formalised by City two days later – comes straight into the starting XI at the first opportunity.

Dias was unavailable for the 3-0 EFL Cup win over Burnley on Wednesday, but he takes the place of Fernandinho in the line-up and partners Aymeric Laporte in what many believe will be City’s long-term first-choice pairing at centre-back.

There is also a first Premier League start for winger Ferran Torres, another of City’s new signings having joined for a reported initial fee of £20m (€22m) from Valencia in pre-season.

He started and scored in the win over Burnley.

This is City’s first Premier League game since getting hammered 5-2 at home by Leicester City last weekend.

It sees Pep Guardiola go up against Marcelo Bielsa, one of his biggest influences as a coach.

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