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FOUR Man City players make CIES European Team of the Semester alongside Messi and Neymar

Manchester City have had four players named in the best XI players of Europe’s big-5 leagues, in a new study by the CIES Football Observatory, who have their own exclusive statistical approach.

Centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielder David Silva, and striker Sergio Aguero make up almost half of a side that also features the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Dani Alves and Marco Verratti.

The likes of Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling also came close to making the final XI after ranking highly in their respective positions.

The study ranks the top ten players in each position, before placing the best XI into a final team. In total, Manchester City had ELEVEN of their squad ranked among the various categories:

Best centre-backs: 1. Stones, 2. Otamendi

Best full-backs: 1. Ghoulam, 2. Delph, 4. Walker

Best defensive midfielders: 1. Jorginho, 3. Fernandinho

Best box-to-box midfielders: 1. Verratti, 2. Silva, 3. De Bruyne

Best wingers: 1. Messi, 2. Sterling, 9. Sané

Best forwards: 1. Aguero, 8. Gabriel Jesus

A full list of rankings can be found at the CIES Football Observatory website.

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