Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2: Premier League Tactical Analysis (Manchester City

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Manchester City missed a lot of chances in a match that could have sealed their chance of securing their bid as Premier League Champions. Instead, the game ended as a draw, making them hold on to their one-point lead at the Premier League table.

Manchester City got off to an aggressive start and forced Liverpool to make some errors, which made them dominate the first half, which they clearly would have been out of sight, all thanks to Alisson in the post and some wasteful attempts on goal.

However, that quickly changed in the second half as a rejuvenated Liverpool responded with an equalizer in the second half’s first minute, which ended as a thrilling draw.

Jurgën Kloop hopes Pep Guardiola’s men will slip up in the remaining seven games and win theirs as they fight for the Premier League title. 

Both teams are still in the title race, the Champions League, and face each other again this weekend in the FA Cup semifinals. 

“We know now that one game and a dropped result, then we will not be champions,” Guardiola said. “Will it be easy? Not, but it will be difficult for them too.” “What a game. Wild,” said Klopp. “Now it is seven games to go for both teams. We will not stop chasing now. That is clear.” 

Possession 

In transiting to attack, Guardiola’s men changed from their single pivot in 4-3-3 to a double pivot in a 4-2-3-1 structure with Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus on either wing rather than the inverted forward Guardiola usually uses.

Raheem Sterling up front, Kevin De Bruyne as number 10 with a free role. The double-pivot of Rodri and Bernando Silva helped to absorb Liverpool’s threat o the counterattack. 

Advancing Full-backs 

As evident in the second half, Liverpool defended with a very high backline that City sought to exploit with passes over the top.

City’s fullback, especially considering Walker’s speed, persistently surged forward with the double pivot moving into channels to connect with either of the full-backs and create more space for them.

Then, of course, Kevin De Bruyne roams freely, sometimes rotating with Foden or Jesus to move out wide.

Sterling’s Movements 

As Jesus made runs into the Liverpool defense, Sterling continuously stretched Liverpool’s center-backs with frequent movements. Whenever Liverpool’s number eights attacked, De Bruyne moved across to receive the ball on the other half of the pitch.

The Belgian could connect with Sterling’s penetrative runs if Liverpool’s second line failed to close him down. As a result, City arguably looked for the space beyond Liverpool’s defense too much in the second half and lacked the control they had in the first half.

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