UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal to give Pep Guardiola encouragement for the games to come.

UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal to give Pep Guardiola encouragement for the games to come.

UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news
17 October 2020 - 19:00

Breaking News ! The bad news for Pep Guardiola is that the spotlight is likely to remain firmly fixed on him for some time. The good news, on top of the three points for beating Arsenal 1-0 in their most satisfying performance of this campaign, is that his Manchester City players showed they are still capable of carrying out instructions that look bewilderingly complex to us mere mortals. Guardiola used a chat with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli this week to highlight how much he dislikes the focus on managers because, he said, ultimately the players are responsible for the performances and results. Mikel Arteta has proven that point in his two games against the Blues since leaving them for Arsenal. In June, a David Luiz disasterclass undid their gameplan but at Wembley their gambles paid off as they knocked City out on their way to winning the FA Cup. The first whistle did as much to counter the theory, mind. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now To say he is cautious in so many ways, Guardiola is certainly not averse to leaning into chaos when the mood suits and his fiercely positive line-up defied numerical explanation: essentially there were three centre-backs plus Rodri and Cancelo covering the back, four forwards, and Bernardo Silva - showing promising signs of a return to his 2018/19 form - moving between the two mini-teams. Having praised the way his coaching idol Marcelo Bielsa had set Leeds up into two fives a fortnight ago, it was hard to think there was not some of that influence in this selection. Arsenal set up as they did a Wembley, with every man defending deeply in their own third as City attacked and then trying to break at lightning speed. It caused problems, yet the odds are always stacked against anyone trying to beat the Blues in a pressing match. As they had done in each of their three league games so far, City started well and took the lead. Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero combined slickly in the 23rd minute to put Phil Foden free in the box and his deft turn and solid shot could only be parried into the path of Raheem Sterling, who slotted coolly into the corner with his weaker foot. Read More Related Articles Why Laporte and Mendy were not in City squad vs Arsenal Read More Related Articles City player ratings vs Arsenal And as they had done in each of their three league games so far, City gave up opportunities to let their opponents get back into the game. Bukayo Saka ran rings around Joao Cancelo and Rodri in the first half and only two outstanding Ederson saves from Saka and Aubameyang preserved the lead at the break. For all the calmness exuded by the defence led by the excellent Ruben Dias, the narrow scoreline ensured a hungry Arsenal kept pushing for parity and City spent most of their energy trying to take the sting out of the game rather than pushing forward to try to increase their lead. Other than Mahrez, they offered little threat. It showed how carefully poised things were when Guardiola waited for two Arsenal set-pieces before introducing Ilkay Gundogan off the bench, the manager not wanting to disrupt the team at a critical point.

. City have missed key players for long periods in previous seasons and still won the title, but they are definitely feeling the strain this time. Aguero returned (Image: 2020 Manchester City FC) Any enthusiasm that Aguero was fit to play for the first time since June was dampened by the absence of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy. Laporte's muscle injury is not thought to be serious but a more considerable issue for Mendy - as well as the sustained absence of Aleks Zinchenko - piles further scrutiny on the idea that City were right not to buy a left-back in the transfer window. Having two "world-class" left-backs is less impressive when neither are fit enough to play. This may just have to be a new normal for the Blues to get used to, and it is not like any other team is looking invincible either in terms of fitness or results. Having been forced to make two subs before half-time here just after the June restart, Luiz was a late addition to Arsenal's starting XI after Rob Holding picked up an injury in the warm-up. Meanwhile, Liverpool have now dropped as many points as City have this season - a third of their total across the whole of their title-winning campaign - and none of the top six have unbeaten records. City may not have taken the game to Arsenal as they are used to, may have spent more time defending rather than attacking their lead than they normally do, may have failed to win a second-half in the league in four attempts this season. Sign up to our free MCFC email newsletter Get the latest breaking Man City news and analysis every day direct to your inbox with our free MCFC newsletter Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds. Rather than reverting to stereotype, the hosts adapted, dug in and ground out the result that they needed. Arsenal kept knocking on the door but they were never allowed to get anywhere near as loud as their analyst was in the stands, screaming encouragement to them at any opportunity. If the performance and result is a vindication for Guardiola's claim that his ideas live or die by the players, it can only be good news for both the manager and the club that the players are still responding to new ideas in alien circumstances. Having never been at a club for more than four seasons, there is uncertainty over what quite to expect and until Guardiola makes a decision either way on a contract that is running out in June it will hang over the Etihad. Be it the Premier League or succession planning, City are in a situation - partly their own doing - where they have to take things one game at a time. Based on this, the players are still 100 per cent committed both to their manager and to winning their title back in spite of the many hurdles in their way.

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UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news


UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news


UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news


UK Guardiola countered his own theory in the first minute of Man City vs Arsenal last minute news

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