Manchester City – Wolverhampton Wanderers: City cruise to the finish line with torturous control (3-0)
Wolves showed up at the Etihad stadium with similar intentions to the ones that earned them a point at Molineux earlier this season. Even though Nuno Espírito Santo’s side has been a big threat to the Premier League’s top teams, this time around, City won easily. Wolves’ ten men were forced into a job of limiting the damage as City’s relentless control gnawed away at them.
Tactical analysis by Peter M.
Compared to the side that put a record-breaking nine goals past Burton Albion last week, Guardiola made seven changes. The only players to keep their places were Kyle Walker, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus – who netted four and assisted one in that match – and Leroy Sané. The fact Guardiola still had Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero there waiting on his bench just re-illustrates City’s mesmerizing strength in depth this season.
Wolves’ last game was their FA Cup victory versus Liverpool. That eleven was quite strong already, as you might have expected, so Nuno only made two changes. Rui Patrício returned to his starting place in goal and Matt Doherty was brought back in as Jonny Otto returned to the left, leaving Rúben Vinagre out of the side.
All twenty-two outfield players, depicted in City's possession.
City focus on the left
From the beginning it was clear that Pep Guardiola wanted his side to focus on attacking down the left. The key role player in this was Danilo. More often than not, the Brazilian would step inside, next to Fernandinho to create a midfield pairing. This has been one of the . . .