World News – UA – Premier League 2020/21: Manchester City vs Liverpool – Tactical preview


The biggest match of week 8 of the Premier League game takes place on Sunday with a duel between the last two league winners Both teams also come from convincing Champions League victories This tactical analysis will be based on situations where both teams can get injured

All football fans, especially those who love tactics and love tactical battles between managers, are looking forward to this match between Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.The last time they met was on 2 July when Manchester City demolished Liverpool 4-0 and while that didn’t have too much of an impact on the table it was surely a bitter taste for Klopp and his players to lose like that The analysis will highlight potential situations that might arise during the match and how each team will try to take advantage of the other’s shortcomings.

Here are the rosters we can expect and the biggest questions are: Will Ferran Torres stay in the starting XI even after Gabriel Jesus returns to action this week and allows Diogo Jota to move Firmino on the bench We know how much Guardiola loves Jesus and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him put the youngster on top of his attack This would also be justified as Torres has shown he can play in the middle of Manchester’s attack City with some quality performances this season at this position Jota, on the other hand, has impressed Liverpool since joining, while Firmino is not in his goal form and many people wonder if the Brazilian will still be the preferred option for Klopp However, Firmino’s qualities are shown in other areas and in a game like this his defensive contribution and bonding play could put him ahead of Jota for this game. In the last two matches, Klopp gave a place in the starting XI to two unproven players (Nathaniel Phillips and Neco Williams) alongside Joe Gomez at the center-back positions, but Joel Matip seems to be the logical option in because of his experience in more important matches Phil Foden had a great game for Manchester City last time around when they faced Liverpool, but now all midfielders are available except Fernandinho and he faces competition from Bernardo Silva and İlkay Gündoğan

Liverpool have scored 17 out of 165 xG goals in seven appearances this season in the Premier League The disaster against Aston Villa led Liverpool to concede 15 unreal goals, meaning they underperformed their expected goals against values ​​- 96 xG v Manchester City played one game less than Liverpool, but unusually for them they only created 92 xG and scored nine goals in return. In contrast, they conceded eight goals and allowed their opponents

We can say that both teams are vulnerable to counter attacks as both have their full-backs on the pitch and center-backs heavily engaged in the build-up meaning they stand almost around the halfway point. ground In the example below you can see a potential situation where Manchester City lose the ball on the right flank where they often try to overload the opposing left-back with Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne forming a triangle.

The moment the ball is won by Liverpool it triggers both Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah to rush into the open space behind the opposing defense Virgil van Dijk is the player who would often attempt the long ball in open space to launch counter attacks, but without him that duty will now fall on Gomez or potentially one of the midfielders closest to the ball. The ideal situation would be for Trent Alexander-Arnold to launch the counterattacks given his impressive passing range Salah is always ready for a counterattack and he stands higher up the pitch while Mané mainly assists the defense

Mané often uses his pace to beat his opponents, but will have a tough job getting ahead of Walker on his side given Walker’s physical abilities This means that catching him out of position could give Manchester City a better chance of injuring Salah a enough room to cut inside to receive the ball in the middle area of ​​the last third, but can also move away from where he can cut inside on his stronger foot That’s, fine sure, with the assumption that Manchester City will likely have more possession than Liverpool as the Reds miss Fabinho and Van Dijk – the two players who are crucial in their build as new signing Thiago will not be available contribute when the team is in possession of the ball

We know the main playmaker for the Liverpool squad is TAA His reach and vision is crucial in the chance creation of Liverpool Here is the example where TAA receives the ball from the right center-back in the half opponent and looks for a vertical pass to Firmino This passing lane was opened by drifting Jordan Henderson However, if Firmino pulls the center-back towards him, it opens up a space for Mané to collide, which creates another option for TAA because it has the ability to hit that chip over defense

These images are examples of matches against West Ham and Arsenal and they show us the two aforementioned situations The first image below is from the match against West Ham

We can see how Firmino simulates his movement towards the penalty area, then suddenly changes direction and opens for a pass in the feet Mané recognizes the situation and asks for the ball in the open space behind the central defender who was pulled out of the defensive line by Firmino

TAA opts for Firmino in this situation, but a similar situation has occurred in the image below This time, it is easier for TAA to try to move on to Mané as Arsenal’s defense is more high on the pitch as the West Ham defense in the previous image

In the example below we can see that if a midfielder falls in the shadow of Firmino it would give Manchester City a solution to prevent TAA vertical passes Covering the passing lane to Firmino would put TAA in a position to play a single pass or switch sides for Andy Robertson, which is less dangerous than situations where the passing lane to Firmino is not covered.

If Klopp chose to go with Jota instead of Firmino, it would be interesting to see Manchester City’s defense deal with three quick forwards when there is still no established pattern for how they play together

Both teams like to engage in the high press, but given the technical ability of Manchester City and Liverpool players lacking crucial players for their press, this could be a chance for the Citizens to exploit that and to create dangerous attacks

The above situation shows how Manchester City build attacks from the back Liverpool often press the goalkeeper, but Firmino will often try to follow Rodri and cut all possible passing lanes towards him to suppress the progress of Manchester City in the middle Liverpool pressing to one side as the winger pressing down on the center-back could leave an opening in the flank for the full-back to exploit It is crucial that Raheem Sterling is positioned high enough to open up the space for Ederson to search for João Cancelo, and the same goes for the other side with Mahrez and Walker Sometimes that passer can be one of the center-backs instead of Ederson as well

The biggest difference in this game could be Liverpool’s unproven defense without Van Dijk It doesn’t mean the other players can’t defend, but Van Dijk ensures stability both on the ground and in the air while by helping teammates to better position themselves De Bruyne’s crossover could prove to be decisive in this game if Liverpool’s defense aren’t careful enough.The situation below shows how Manchester City overload the right side and De Bruyne comes in from half-space on a Walker’s backpass for attempt a cross between the 6-yard area and the penalty spot Liverpool’s defense need to keep a straight line and if one player is behind the others it could give Torres / Jesus and Sterling an extra step to accelerate into the penalty area to try to score

In the image below we can see one of those situations where De Bruyne tries a cross from the right flank Leicester’s defense is positioned deeper into their penalty area which is a good solution to cover the space in order to prevent weak and middle centers from passing Manchester City forwards are not dangerous in the air from open play and minimizing areas where they can attack from low / middle crosses would reduce the likelihood of them scoring after crossing from open play

However, the sets could be a different story Only Leicester have conceded more goals from set pieces (4) than Liverpool (3) Both teams have scored twice after set pieces and with Van Dijk and Fabinho missing , only Matip stands out as a great Liverpool player capable of facing Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri Manchester City have a great chance to benefit from De Bruyne’s quality deliveries given the lack of an air presence in the Liverpool squad It has often happened in the past that high level games were decided by a free kick and it would not be no surprise that a goal from a setback earns points for one of the teams this time around too

Every Premier League fan will look forward to this game and we can see why as there is a lot of talent in both teams Not only do both teams have talented players, but they also have the best coaches running them One slight advantage for this game goes to Manchester City, but don’t be surprised if it actually goes the other way at the end

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