The reigning Premier League champions have struggled in the domestic campaign so far this season and currently find themselves 9-points off leaders Liverpool.
Despite the retirement of former captain Vincent Kompany at the end of last season, Pep Guardiola decided against signing a new centre back in the summer.
His decision seems to have backfired already as with Aymeric Laporte injured for most of the season, neither John Stones nor Nicholas Otamendi have stepped up to fill the void.
The poor form of his available defenders has forced the former Barca manager to try Fernandinho and Rodi, two defensive midfielders, as his preferred centre-back pairing in the last few games. However, as their position in the Premier League table shows, that experiment hasn’t worked out well for the Citizens.