By Joe Bernstein for MailOnline
Published: 22:14 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 22:21 BST, 1 October 2019
If Kyle Walker resembles a power-packed sprinter when he charges forward, Joao Cancelo glides up the pitch like an 800 metres runner.
Apart from one misjudgement that saw Cancelo catch Dani Olmo in the face with high boot, Manchester City’s new £60million right-back was calmness personified on his first start at The Etihad. His use of the ball marks him down as a natural fit for this Pep Guardiola team.
Cancelo has had a quiet start to his City career following a summer move from Juventus that saw Danilo move in the opposite direction in part-exchange.
Joao Cancelo excelled on his full Manchester City home debut against Dinamo Zagreb
His only previous start had come in the League Cup at Preston so this appearance in the Champions League – where he reached the knockout stages with Juve last season – was a step up, even if Dinamo aren’t among Europe’s elite.
The first thing to notice about the 25-year-old Portuguese international was his laid-back demeanour.
In the first-half, he was stationed right in front of Guardiola whose finger-jabbing positional advice from the technical area may have put off other new signings. Cancelo barely seemed to notice, not in a rude way, just unflustered.
He exchanged conversations with Fernandinho throughout the evening to make sure the City back-line was together, and it was.
The Portuguese defender was fortunate to avoid a red card for a high tackle on Dani Olmo
The one scare came when Olmo nodded the ball past him on the counter after 19 minutes and a stretching Cancelo caught him in