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Man City

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by JurgenKlopp, Sep 17, 2019.

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  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    This has always been Pep's blind spot – failing to adequately replace defenders, thinking that by sticking one of his many surplus midfielders there together with his genius tactics, he can always plug the gap. His Bayern got eliminated from CL each Spring because they were paper-thin at the back at a crucial time and there were signs of neglect of this position at Barcelona already, like preferring a converted midfielder to the great Carles Pujol.

    2 seasons ago we repeatedly took advantage on Delph's weakness at LB; now they have a similarly suspect Zinchenko at LB and no fit CBs bar Otamendi. They are already conceding the largest % of goals in the league from set plays. This Man City team are almost perfect in every other department, but this is a clear weakness that was exposed by Norwich and hopefully more and more opponents will learn to exploit it.
     
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    Not to mention that Fernandinho is obviously better than Rodri in the centre, so it leaves them weaker there too.
     
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    Shakthar will test their makeshift centre backs I’m sure.
     
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    I'd rather they got trampled, but break a few more key players in the process
     
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    Or just do what Norwich did and play against their press.

    They proved you don't need 11 world class players that cost in excess of 1 bill to outplay them.
     
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    Did anyone see Carraghers bit on Monday night football about the city Norwich match? I actually took a photo of the stats because it was quite surprising but I don't think I can attach.

    Carragher pointed out Norwich only defended the width of the 18 yard box and surrendered anything beyond, which allowed city their most crosses in a game under Guardiola - 31. They then showed the top 6 matches for city crosses under Guardiola, they lost 4 and drew 2. Is this the way for everyone to play them? I hope so.
     
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    Yeah I saw that. Was also interesting to see that they've lost or drawn games where they've been forced to cross it often.
     
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    Ljnk?
     
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    I have it saved on my computer. If you're based in England you can just watch it on Sky's YouTube channel.
     
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    The stats are at 3 minutes in:

     
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    Thank you guys :)
     
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    But they scored two goals, two goals should be enough for a championship side to win.
     
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