Manchester City – Leicester City: Captain Kompany’s wonder strike gets City across the line (1-0)
Leicester almost turned the Premier League title race on its head. They nearly managed to steal a deserved point from the Etihad, striking a fine balance between stubborn defending and composed possession play. Despite being repetitive and well-contained, City’s attacking ways generally manage to find an exploitable weakness one way or another. In this game, however, the solution was far from typical of a Guardiola side.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Having seen Liverpool scrape past Newcastle United on Saturday to retake top spot, all the pressure mounted on Pep Guardiola’s men to respond. Equally, Brendan Rodgers’ side also had their sights set on a prize finish, with a win being the only way of keeping their hopes of clinching the final European spot alive.
Man City, for once, had the luxury of a fixture-less midweek. Thus, Guardiola could name the same starting eleven that beat Burnley 1-0 last weekend, which he did barring one change. Phil Foden came into midfield, with Bernardo Silva pushed out to the right wing and Raheem Sterling taking the spot of the dropped Leroy Sané on the left.
Leicester’s last match ended in a 3-0 victory over Arsenal, so it was hardly surprising to see Rodgers name the same exact lineup, here, keeping to their 4-3-3 system, much like their opponents.
Early Leicester efforts display an unexpected solidity
Given Leicester’s more attacking style of play under Rodgers, a goal-fest seemed somewhat a given. The reality was quite the opposite.
It was mostly a 4-5-1 formation from them, with particular emphasis on players picking up City’s inside . . .