City suffer setback

In first leg against Tottenham Guardiola surprised everybody with starting XI and tactics. Delph started as left-back and Otamendi as Laporte partner. City played with two defensive midfielders Fernandinho, Gundogan and David Silva as only advanced midfielder. Sterling played on right, Mahrez on left and Aguero as center forward after returning from little injury. Bernardo Silva wasn’t included in squad because of knock, De Bruyne, Sane and Stones were left on bench. Pep choose to play defensive game without risking to expose defense. Delph and Walker didn’t help attack often and stayed on their positions. City started to control ball from the start but most of their passing was between defenders. Raheem Sterling after successful dribbling run made shot that was blocked by Rose hand and Aguero on 11 minute from penalty had chance to score goal but his shot on right was saved by keeper. Spurs attack ended with long shots or long passes that were handled by City. Delph often lost his position, Laporte and Otamendi made rush challenges. City midfield failed to advance ball to attack and defenders were forced to make long balls that ended City attacks. Mahrez looked out of place and was too slow, often losing individual duels.Sterling to struggled on left wing. Tottenham had only one good chance after pass from wing Kane made from penalty box saved by Ederson. After first half Guardiola didn’t make chances and continued with conservative approach Aguero looked out of form and struggled to win duels, Mahrez and Sterling too didn’t produce anything. City got boost after Kane suffered injury and Pochettino was forced to change him for Lucas Moura. Man City started to control game even more but their attacks didn’t produce anything meaningful most attacks ended with failed crosses. After 70 minute Gabriel Jesus came for Aguero but he didn’t change dynamic of attacks. Spurts scored on 78 minute after Eriksen chip ball Son took ball near touching line and dribbled past Delph and Gundogan failed to close down Korean forward and made low shot that ended in goal. Guardiola didn’t make changes until 89 minute when De Bruyne, Sane came for David Silva, Mahrez but half chances that City had after De Bruyne passes didn’t end in anything. Now City must overcome one goal deficit at the Etihad stadium. Guardiola tactics were too conservative and his in game management was very bad.


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