Manchester City – Tottenham Hotspur – Pochettino’s Bravery Produces A Bonkers Start That Led To An Absolute Champions League Classic (4-3)
Tottenham went through to the Champions League semi finals after Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical choice led to a record-breaking opening stage that produced five goals in twenty-one minutes. Despite gradually gaining control and having reached the score line that would see them through, Manchester City found themselves at the wrong end of two VAR decisions and lost the chance of a quadruple.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
After a cagey first leg with limited goal scoring chances for both sides, this was the complete opposite. Thanks to Pochettino’s choice of tactics to start with a 4-4-2 diamond shape, both teams were exposed in different ways that resulted in five goals within the opening twenty minutes. Pep Guardiola reverted back to his 4-3-3 formation, which resulted in a Manchester City display that we are much more accustomed to see. All in all, both managers contributed to an absolute Champions League classic that will be remembered for years to come.
Guardiola made four changes to his team for the second leg, with Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva coming into the side. Fernandinho was only fit for the bench - İlkay Gündoğan played as the number six. Pochettino’s 4-4-2 diamond formation had Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son up top in the absence of Harry Kane. Contrary to the previous times we have seen a diamond from Tottenham, Christian Eriksen played behind the two strikers with Dele Alli moving to a left-of-center midfield slot . . .