Liverpool – Manchester City – Tight Margins Favor Manchester City Yet Again (1-1)
In a familiarly tight encounter, treble holders Manchester City edged past European champions Liverpool in the Community Shield thanks to a penalty shoot-out. Pep Guardiola was as unorthodox as ever, with his team asking Liverpool very different questions than the last time around, opening the scoring as a result of one of them. Liverpool’s second half domination did enough to take the game to penalties, in which Georginio Wijnaldum’s miss handed Manchester City their first trophy of the season.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
The clichéd curtain-raiser of the Premier League season took place between the two teams that produced a massive title showdown in 2018/19, Manchester City and Liverpool. They were arguably the best two teams in Europe last season and this game was more interesting to look for any hints of new tactical concepts from Europe’s two best managers, rather than the eventual winner.
Pep Guardiola has often used a double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. against Liverpool, particularly for buildup purposes. Here, his side had the double pivot in the defensive phase, with Kevin de Bruyne tucking in next to new signing Rodri in a 4-4-2 defensive shape. The most interesting decision was to start Raheem Sterling up top, as he had done all pre-season long, yet Leroy Sané’s injury meant he moved back to the left after ten minutes, with Gabriel Jesus coming in.
In the offensive phase, Manchester City lined up in their accustomed 4-3-3 . . .