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Active 1 Reply 84 Views 2018-08-12 15:14:25 Soccer Gist

Sun 12 Aug 2018, 3:20 PM

PL OPENER: Guardiola has made three changes for the trip to Arsenal 

PL OPENER: Guardiola has made three changes for the trip to Arsenal

Pep Guardiola has made three changes to the team that started last weekend’s Community Shield win over Chelsea. These changes are purposely meant to strengthen the team and ward off any disappointment that could come in the form of defeat or stalemate. 

Ederson, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan all come in, with Claudio Bravo, Leroy Sane and Phil Foden dropping to the bench.

Kevin De Bruyne is back in the squad after his post-World Cup break and takes his place on what looks like one of the strongest substitutes benches in Premier League history.

The game sees Guardiola come up against Unai Emery for the first time their LaLiga days. The pair went head to head ten times when Emery was in charge of Sevilla, with Guardiola, then Barceloan boss, coming through unbeaten (winning six and drawing four).

David Silva isn’t fully fit and hasn’t travelled, while Danilo still hasn’t recovered from the thigh injury he suffered at the World Cup.

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City team

Starting XI:

Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho (C), Gundogan; Sterling, Bernardo, Mahrez; Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sane, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden

City tactics

Guardiola’s philosophy is no secret: dominate possession, work hard off the ball and attack when the time is right.

Stopping it, however, is another story. City were the best in the division at dominating possession last season, and were also the finest counter-attacking side, too. Sit back, and City can pick you apart. Attack us, and we can break in devastating fashion.

Ederson returns in goal and plays behind a back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy. Stones and Laporte – bith fine ball-playing centre-halves – will be tasked with starting City attacks with their range of passing, while Walker and Mendy will be detailed to get forward and provide width.

Fernandinho is our midfield pivot, with Gundogan alongside him. Those two will will provide protection behind our stellar cast of attackers.

Bernardo Silva, sensational last week against Chelsea, is likely to operate centrally, with Sterling and Mahrez out wide. Sergio Aguero, who scored two at Wembley and now has over 200 goals for the Club, will lead the line.

Source: www.mancity.com/news

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kennydav07 replied
7 Months
City would be more rivaled this season!!!