LOSING the title to Liverpool by 18 factors after scoring 102 objectives will need to have damage Pep Guardiola.
So it’s no shock we’re seeing a completely completely different Manchester Metropolis this season.
Manchester Metropolis are tighter on the again this season after leaking objectives final yrCredit score: Rex Options
Regardless of which stars are missing against Chelsea, they are going to undertake a realistic method.
After getting caught out on the break too typically final time period, Guardiola has labored on City’s defensive form.
And with seven clear sheets, together with 5 from their final six Prem video games, it’s clearly working.
Of their final sport at house to Newcastle they performed three on the again with Stones, Dias and Ake with Rodri sitting on the base of a diamond midfield.
Pep has additionally deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation with two defensive midfielders simply forward of the 2 centre backs.
In others the 2 centre halves have been accompanied by one full again and a defensive midfielder.
However one factor stays the identical it doesn’t matter what system is used – 4 gamers are at all times behind the ball at any given second.
After scoring 39 objectives this time final season, they’ve solely netted 21 to this point this marketing campaign.
Pep Guardiola has labored on Metropolis’s defensive form this seasonCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
With Sergio Aguero’s harm woes and dropping David Silva in the summertime it’s no shock they haven’t been as free flowing as earlier seasons.
However with this new model, they will now rely on simply scoring that one essential objective.
They’ve already floor out 1-0 wins over Southampton, Arsenal, Sheffield United.
And it is a aspect we now have not seen of Metropolis below Guardiola.
With this new philosophy they’re starting to climb the league and you wouldn’t wager in opposition to them being there or thereabouts come the top of the season.
However this pragmatism might cease groups hitting Metropolis on the break within the Champions League and assist them lastly land their holy grail.