Coming into form at the right time, at the business end of the season is something that the blues are used to seeing, and the Brazilian has been in wonderful form – long may it continue.
Pep is expected to revert back to his previous backline, and inverted CB. Can Johnny, Johnny Stones end the Ben White debate? Here’s hoping.
An unexpected starter now, coming last minute in the summer transfer window for a low fee, he has settled in well and become important to Pep’s tactical innovation.
Having been rested against Sheffield United, we’re likely to see the Portuguese head back into the starting XI.
With Ake confirmed unfit by Pep himself, Laporte is the more logical option with his profile being closer to Ake’s than others.