Let’s analyze the match between Manchester City and Tottenham. Both teams with a similar approach, with a very high defensive line. The novelty proposed by Guardiola was to switch Julián Álvarez and Bernardo Silva isolating Doku, because Bernardo likes to join in with his winger a lot more than Álvarez, giving support in the first phase of the build-up and defending better the area of Udogie as inverted left-back.

This tactical tweak was key in Man City’s first 2 goals, with this foul on Bernardo Silva in which they scored on a set piece with Bernardo faking to take the free kick causing the Tottenham line to move, leaving it uncoordinated, scoring Son an own goal. In the second, with Doku isolated, Julián Álvarez attacks space and Foden scores after receiving unmarked.

Man City also had a high defensive line, suffering in some individual actions such as the first goal where Doku lost this duel despite having a big positional advantage and being unable to sustain the run.

The key in the game, in addition to the missed chances by Man City, was Tottenham’s build-up, taking risks in every play, with Vicario making a great distribution of the ball, although Man City’s high press was outstanding, generating 11 turnovers, 4 of which resulted in shots. One of them was City’s third goal for the lead with Bissouma taking many risks, a great recovery from Rodri with an excellent tackle and Haaland finding Grealish with a top pass.

These Tottenham risks that cost them the goal also helped them score the equalizer. Skipp pushes his way past two in midfield, the ball foes to the left wing for Jonson who clips a good cross towards the penalty sport, where Kulusevski rises above Aké to score.

Great battle between Guardiola and Postecoglou.

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