Manuel Akanji has enhanced his reputation at Euro 24

As Euro 24 has progressed one of Manchester City’s unheralded defenders has enhanced his reputation. Manuel Akanji has been one of the best defenders throughout the competition. He put in a dominant display during Switzerland’s 2-nil win over Italy which booked their place in the quarter-finals of this summer’s European Championships.

At the heart of Switzerland’s progression through the tournament has been their strength at the back. The centre-back pairing of Manuel Akanji and Fabian Schaar has given the Swiss a strong defensive foundation to build from. That foundation has helped the Swiss have defy expectations to make the quarter-finals of Euro 24.

Manuel Akanji has been one of the best centre-backs on display. He hasn’t put a foot wrong in any of Switzerland’s games so far. That form has seen his reputation enhanced as Akanji is developing into one of the best defenders in European football.

But this fact is well known to Manchester City fans. Since arriving at the club from Borussia Dortmund Manuel Akanji has been one of City’s most consistent performers. The Swiss defender had another consistent 23/24 season as he helped Manchester City claim a fourth consecutive Premier League title. He is effectively City’s Swiss army knife and plays whatever role Pep Guardiola requires him to play with a minimal amount of fuss. Akanji rarely lets Manchester City down when he is called upon. This trait has been on full display for Switzerland at Euro 24.

Manuel Akanji has enhanced his reputation at this summer’s European Championships. If he continues his strong form at the competition he will leave the tournament with his reputation as one for the premier centre-backs in Europe firmly established. It would be a fitting reward for one of Manchester City’s unsung heroes to finally get the recognition he deserves.

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