Manchester City won the European Super Cup although Sevilla executed their game plan better. High press in a 4-2-3-1 turning into a 4-4-2 mid-block. Narrow wingers to force the ball down the sides and strict man-marking on the two 8s.

City had 3 problems: Akanji in the role of Stones with a lower technical level and less pace in turns and decision-making, causing dangerous turnovers in the build-up. Kovacic as a high 8, playing with his back to goal, lacking mobility and timing to stand out in that position.

And few switches of play during the first half, not having De Bruyne to attack the gap between the full-back and center-baack when the ball reached the other side. Little dynamism, lacking Haaland the necessary spaces to do damage.

Sevilla in the few plays that had the ball did an excellent job switching the play, trying to have superiority on the wing and with many crosses like this one that Sevilla doesn’t finish.

The goal comes taking advantage of this. A pass from Bono to midfield breaking City’s press, being very lucky not to be intercepted. Superiority on the left wing to progress easily into the last third and a 3v3 inside the area. En-Nesyri finished off the cross masterfully with a header to put Sevilla ahead.

From the goal in the 25th minute to the 60th, City is too vertical, leaving many spaces in transitions. Sevilla has several scoring chances, this being the best, in which Ederson stopped En-Nesyri’s shot.

In the last half hour, City began to play more on the wings, better pace, switching plays, avoiding progressive passes through the central channel. The wingers wider receiving good long balls, having Sevilla more problems defending the crosses 

Palmer’s goal with a good lateral cross from Rodri and the English player scores to equalize and end up winning in the penalty shootout.

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