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Former Chelsea striker lauds Man City's Alvarez.

Updated: Oct 13, 2023

Pep's Ace in the Hole: Julian Alvarez's Brilliance Fuels Manchester City's Triumph

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton heaped praise on Julian Alvarez after the World Cup winner's breathtaking performance in Manchester City's sensational 3-1 victory over Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League.

Alvarez, in a moment of sheer brilliance, cancelled out Osman Bukari's first-half opener at the electrifying Etihad Stadium. The Argentine maestro then left fans awestruck when his sublime free-kick found the back of the net, courtesy of goalkeeper Omri Glazer's unfortunate blunder. All of this magic unfolded within a mere two minutes into the second half.

But the show didn't end there. Midfield maestro Rodri, with a deft and composed finish, sealed the deal at 3-1, leaving fans and experts alike in awe.

In the post-match analysis, football expert Chris Sutton shared his thoughts with BBC Radio 5 Live: "I thought when Julian Alvarez first signed I hadn't seen a lot of him but I thought he would come and try and play high up. He's shown his versatility and what an excellent footballer he is.

"He dropped in that number 10 role, took up some really intelligent positions, and his goal was brilliant with the way it was worked. A really intelligent player and it's ominous. What have we learned from Pep Guardiola's teams over the years? He reinvents them every season.

"Alvarez has hit the ground running, and it looks like Erling Haaland and Alvarez is Pep's preferred option."

In a season of high expectations, Julian Alvarez's star continues to rise, and Manchester City's journey in the Champions League seems destined for greatness again. As fans and pundits eagerly anticipate what's to come, one thing is clear: the magic of Alvarez may be the key to City's triumphs ahead.

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