Everton – Manchester City: Dominant Attacking Display Sees Manchester City Become Premier League Leaders (0-2)
Apart from a few good counterattacks, Everton did not trouble City’s defense at all. Their impressive defensive shape did partly nullify City for large parts of the match. Especially their very organized midfield set-up hindered the opponents. As for the visitors, they created a lot of good opportunities by stretching the play horizontally, creating multiple one-versus-one situations for Leroy Sané, which in the end was too much for Everton.
Tactical analysis by Chris Baker.
Marco Silva’s Everton find themselves in a bit of a rut at the moment. They currently sit in ninth place, having gathered just two league wins this year. Five changes were made compared to their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, with Lucas Digne, Jonjoe Kenny, Idrissa Gueye, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all being introduced in Everton’s 4-5-1 system.
Following on from their victory against Arsenal, Pep Guardiola made two changes to his side against Everton as they looked to go top of the Premier League for the first time this year. In their nominal 4-3-3 shape, Leroy Sané returned to the side in place of Raheem Sterling on the left-hand side while John Stones started alongside Otamendi.
Everton’s 4-5-1 block and pressing
Everton positioned themselves in a narrow 4-5-1 shape, as Marco Silva’s side tried to block the center of the pitch through narrow wingers and central midfielders. The home side implemented this system with Andre Gomes and Tom Davies playing as central midfielders, alongside the excellent ball-winner Idrissa Gueye. On the flanks were Bernard and . . .