Pep Guardiola says Aymeric Laporte is the “best left-sided central defender in the world” after he returned from injury to help Manchester City beat Sheffield United.
The 25-year-old was making his first start for 143 days after suffering a knee injury in August.
The Frenchman impressed and played 78 minutes in the Blues’ 1-0 win.
“We missed him a lot – in terms of the fast pace, headers, build-up, he is an exceptional player,” said Guardiola.
“He is back, it was maybe a risk. The doctors said he was fit and the sooner we can give him minutes, the quicker he will get his physical condition. He now has five days before the next game to recover his physical condition.”