Pep Guardiola and returning assistant manager Juanma Lillo were pictured alongside a new face in the Manchester City dugout at Turf Moor on Friday night, but who was the mystery member of the coaching staff?
Manchester City’s backroom staff has been significantly overhauled during the summer, with the departures of both Enzo Maresca and Rodolfo Borrell leaving two vacancies within Pep Guardiola’s team.
Maresca became the latest assistant coach of Guardiola’s to move into management, becoming head coach at Leicester City and enjoying an impressive start to the season at the King Power Stadium.
Borrell, who had spent almost a decade at the Etihad Stadium, left the club to become Sporting Director at MLS side Austin FC, ending a 28-year career in coaching during the summer.
Amid the exodus, Manchester City recently welcomed back Juanma Lillo, who spent two years at the Etihad Stadium prior to becoming head coach at Qatari side Al-Sadd.
Lillo, a close friend of Guardiola’s, was pictured with the City manager at the UEFA Champions League Final in June, and also provided coaching support for the semi-final win over Real Madrid.
The 57-year-old returned to the dugout for Manchester City’s FA Community Shield loss to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium earlier this month, and was also pictured alongside Guardiola at Turf Moor on Friday night.
City started their latest Premier League title defence with a 3-0 win over Vincent Kompany’s Burnley, with Erling Haaland scoring a devastating first-half brace.
During the match, an unknown and unannounced coach was pictured alongside Guardiola and Lillo in the Manchester City dugout, with some eagle-eyed supporters picking up on the shock detail.
The surprise addition is understood to be Inigo Dominguez, who was linked with a move to Manchester City earlier this summer, by Sam Lee and Pol Ballus of The Athletic.
The Spaniard, who was Lillo’s assistant manager in Qatar, has previously worked as an assistant coach at Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Marseille.
Manchester City’s website currently names seven members of coaching staff as part of the first-team, however the 44-year-old doesn’t feature.
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