Manchester City – RB Leipzig: Manchester City Rout Red Bulls In Chaotic Contest (6-3)

Pep Guardiola's pleas for support from the fans stole the headlines after this game, but the manic action on the pitch offered the best sales pitch on the night. RB Leipzig's approach may have helped them preserve a foothold in the match, but it also set the tone for a goal fest in which Manchester City's quality put them to the sword.

Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Manchester City have made a solid start to the new season. Bouncing back from a loss to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening matchday, wins over Norwich City, Arsenal, and Leicester City have returned a sense of normalcy to affairs at the club. Striker or no striker, their identity remains intact, and they now hoped it would propel them towards an elusive European crown, starting with three points here.

But such a clear identity can be a curse as much as a blessing. Jesse Marsch, indoctrinated in the Red Bull philosophy, has taken on the reins at RB Leipzig. He strives to implement an intense style of play, yet it threatens to stray into one-dimensionality, a far cry from the tactical flexibility of his predecessor Julian Nagelsmann. A slow start to the Bundesliga season, in which they have picked up three points from a possible twelve, has only compounded concerns. Could a shock win here be the catalyst for an upturn in form . . .

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