Man City don’t meet resistance from Cardiff

Pep Guardiola side in away game against Cardiff won convincingly after suffering Champions League loss in home game against Lyon. Man City made three changes from last game Otamendi for Stones, Aguero for Gabriel Jesus and David Silva was left on the bench for Leroy Sane with Bernardo Silva playing in midfield instead of on wing as consequence of this change. Man City defense didn’t face any problems playing as a back four and when City had a ball they played with three defenders. Delph played as central midfielder, helped to advance ball and stop counter attacks from his position. Fernandinho wasn’t pressed by Cardiff and he had no problems in possession. Bernardo Silva played close to Raheem Sterling, combined with him and made overloads. Sometimes Portuguese dropped deep to help advance ball and positioned himself on occasions more centrally to connect with rest of a team especially Aguero. Bernardo provided assist for first Man City goal and scored second goal with great header. Ilkay Gundogan played in the most advanced position from all Man City midfielders. His position resembled David Silva from last season, with the only difference was that most of the game he didn’t combine with Leroy Sane and played more centrally. German midfielder made runs in the box and provided support for Sergio Aguero to form front two in moments when City made passes from wings. In second half Ilkay made runs behind defenders from Leroy Sane flank and provided assist for Mahrez goal in one of these runs, before this goal from similar run he almost created goal for Raheem Sterling. Sterling played as right winger, Englishmen created couple good opportunities, beat multiple time opponents with great dribbles and was constant threat. He sometimes dropped deep to advance ball, moved centrally to combine, provided assist for Gundogan goal and in second half after substitution of Aguero for Mahrez Sterling played as central forward and on occasions played centrally as number 10. English winger was instrumental in fourth goal with his through ball to Gundogan after which German assisted for Mahrez goal. Sergio Aguero played as central forward but wasn’t static, Argentinian was involved in team play, dropped deep, interchanged positions with Man City players in attack and was clinical when scored first team goal from Bernardo assist. Leroy Sane played as left winger, German played close to touchline and often was left isolated in one vs one situations against Cardiff defenders. Sane almost never moved centrally and hardly combine with rest of the team. His assist came after corner. German wasn’t interchanging positions unlike other Man City attackers and was least threatening. In second half Mahrez came on for Aguero, played on right wing, scored two goals and played best minutes for City until now. After this substitution Sterling played in Aguero position as forward. Foden came on for Gundogan, played as number 8, made good impression with creation of one good chance and one dangerous shot. Stones played as defensive midfielder after that he came on for Fernandinho. Man City in first 30 minutes struggled to create chances, but after 3 goals in last 15 minutes of first half intensity of Cardiff dropped and team created many great chances in second half. Most threatening players for City before goals were Sterling and Gundogan. This was an easy game for Pep side and the big difference in players quality was the key.



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