Leicester City – Manchester City: Manchester City: human after all? (2-1)
Leicester City’s famous recipe from their title winning season – compactness and quick breaks – proved enough to beat Manchester City at home. Once again, the away side showed they have some offensive problems, which are not a staple for Guardiola teams. This must be solved in order for Manchester City to compete in this season’s vicious Premier League title race.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
For multiple reasons, this was a big game for Manchester City. The first Premier League match of 2019 will be against Liverpool, and as we have seen from their earlier clash, Guardiola has become a bit scared of Liverpool’s counterattacking prowess (perhaps rightly so…). You therefore do not want to play against Liverpool in dire need of three points to close a gap, so winning against Leicester and against Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton was a must for Manchester City.
Considering the busy period and the on-going injuries of nominal starters Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy, Guardiola rotated relatively little, only resting Kyle Walker. It remains to be seen which one of the Silva’s will take up the attacking midfielder spot alongside De Bruyne, as it also is not clear who will be City’s go-to striker in the business end of the season. Against Leicester, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Agüero were picked, and İlkay Gündoğan played as the holding midfielder.
Leicester City’s manager Claude Puel decided to go with the flow and made no changes to . . .