Pep Guardiola gets his tactics wrong

Man City in this season first Champions League game against Lyon at home showed weaknesses that become evident in games against Premier League sides in August. Instead of Guardiola because of suspension Mikel Arteta was head coach. Pep Guardiola decided to play Laporte, Stones as starting centre-backs, they didn’t have their best game, struggled to cope with opposition fast attacks and lost many physical duels against Lyon attackers. Man City full backs Delph, Walker were poor too, Walker was ineffective in attack on overlaps, passing was off, his inability to play with left foot often hurts tempo of combinations and barely helped in defense. Fabian Delph had horrible game, his miss of ball resulted in goal, also on couple occasions he gave free run for Lyon players on his flank, his contribution as inverted full back in teams passing was minimal and English player made couple ill advised long shots. Team midfield of Fernandinho, Gundogan and David Silva failed to control match, lost ball on numerous occasions and lacked creativity. Fernandinho lost two times ball on his half, which resulted in two goals on quick attacks. Brazilian midfielder played all minutes this season and in most games he was poor, his passing was bad, decision making was off and he looks tired after last season. Gundogan played as number 8 on De Bruyne, Silva position and again he was bad. German midfielder is not creative enough, he is too slow on ball, his passing is not threatening and he can’t cover enough ground defensively, which makes team make vulnerable. Guardiola for third season in a row persist playing German and in all three season worst games in terms of results and quality of football were with Gundogan in starting eleven. David Silva had one of his worsts games, he wasn’t able to connect with attacking players, Spaniard played closer to left most of the game and in last 20-25 minutes closer to right but his passing was off. Man City attack of Sterling, Jesus and Bernardo Silva struggled to create good chances. Raheem Sterling played on left wing and was most active in attack, made multiple shots, runs but it didn’t create one great chance and he was isolated often. Gabriel Jesus wasn’t provided with service, he often drop deep to link up with team and all his attempts to created chances with individual efforts failed short. Bernardo Silva as right winger wasn’t able to affect game, he is just to slow to be effective as winger and needs to be played in midfield. Second half substitutes of Sane, Aguero, Mahrez for Gundogan, Jesus and Sterling helped to make game more lively and Leroy Sane dribbling helped to create goal for Bernardo Silva. Aguero was able to make couple dangerous situations with his individual quality, but team still failed to create at least one great chance and was deservedly beaten. Players individual performances were disappointing, but main blame for defeat was on coaches, because it was obvious from starting line up what weaknesses and problems will it create in this game.

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