Man City overcomes Newcastle defense

In home game against Newcastle Pep Guardiola used even more attacking tactics and formation than last season. Difference with last season was that Raheem Sterling played on the left, also team used two forwards, two wingers, one attacking midfielder and starting center back partnership were Stones and Laporte. Before when Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero started together, Man City played without wingers this time. Fernandinho played deepest position and was responsible for connection with attack, most times Brazilian midfielder struggled with his passing and was too slow on the ball. Raheem Sterling again showed in this game that he has improved his shot and scored goal that was unusual for him before but also this season Raheem Sterling doesn’t play in the box like last season and we don’t see his runs to score from close range. English winger played like Leroy Sane last season close to byline. Riyad Mahrez continued to struggle like Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva before him Algerian at the start didn’t fully understand how to play in Guardiola system and held the ball to much. David Silva played in number 10 and was trying to spread the ball around attack. Benjamin Mendy wasn’t as active in attack and rarely overlap, French full back played deeper and more centrally this time with Raheem Sterling being main attacking force on left side. Man City created 3 big chances in this game but worrying thing for Guardiola side must be that players were wasteful and two goals arrived from chances that you generally don’t expect to score. Man City struggled to create chances before last 30 minutes of game when Newcastle were chasing goal to get a draw. Also on set pieces delivery were bad from City players, they failed to create any chances from them. Most of the time Pep team lacked final third pass, possession was sterile, they clearly missed Kevin De Bruyne which could open up with his passing opposition defenses. Two most dangerous chances were created on counter attacks in open spaces. After this match we can say Guardiola clearly sees Stones, Laporte as main partnership in central defense. Reason for optimism is that Man City in this game compered to other games were better team, created more and better chances. Also without their best player team showed level of football as good as any other team in the league. Man City in first two seasons under Guardiola also started slow, so team even with two lost points is well positioned in title race.

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