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Pep Guardiola explores contingency plans and five other things spotted in Barcelona vs Man City


Pep Guardiola explores contingency plans and five other things spotted in Barcelona vs Man City

Five key moments to take from Manchester City’s charity match against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Manchester City played out an engaging 3-3 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night at Camp Nou.

City were the visitors in a cause well disposed coordinated to pay tribute to ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzue who was determined to have hopeless ALS (amyotrophic horizontal sclerosis) a long time back. All continues will go towards ALS research.

Subsequent to taking an initial half lead through Julian Alvarez, City wound up following late on because of goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay. Cole Palmer got on the scoresheet before on, yet it was Riyad Mahrez who protected the draw with a punishment profound into injury time.

City fans got the chance to see a portion of the players who haven’t included a lot of this season, however there will be worry for the prosperity of Luke Mbete after the youthful defender was stretchered off wearing a neck support subsequent to experiencing a head injury.

The following are a couple of key things we spotted during the game.

Walker at center back

Pep Guardiola was supposed to name a much-switched line-around from the one that played in Newcastle on Sunday, however no one predicted Kyle Walker beginning at focus back.

Pep had only two fit senior community backs available to him because of the injury nonattendances of Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake, so maybe he was testing an alternate course of action should Ruben Dias or John Stones get any issues before long.

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Cole Palmer in midfield

Cole Palmer got an initial beginning of the time, however it wasn’t in his standard conservative job.

The 20-year-old burned through the greater part of his night in the left-sided number eight job generally taken up by Bernardo Silva or Ilkay Gundogan.

The institute graduate looked somewhat messy almost immediately – as did his partners – however he scored City’s second of the night by making a phenomenal run into the crate.

City held nothing back

This was a cordial played for a commendable goal, yet City didn’t make a trip to Catalonia to play at an agonizingly slow clip. The Blues were on the back foot for a significant part of the principal half, with any semblance of Rico Lewis and Kalvin Phillips making a few weighty difficulties.

Cordial by name yet not really commonly.

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Striving Alvarez

City realized they were getting a ‘road contender’ style forward when they marked Julian Alvarez from River Plate, yet everybody at the club has been shocked to see exactly how focused the 22-year-old is.

City didn’t partake in their typical high portion of ownership in the main half, however Alvarez actually made every one of the runs off the ball expected of him and was steady in his squeezing.

His goal was an illustration of that. The completion could never have been less difficult as goalkeeper Inaki Pena spilt the ball right onto his boot, yet it was Alvarez’s ability to get to goal – in spite of Sergio Gomez’s cross being excessively near the goalkeeper – that put Pena under tension.

Empowering Gomez debut

Sergio Gomez just finished paperwork for City seven days prior however Guardiola made a move to give the youthful left-back a first run-out.

Gomez was supplanted by Josh Wilson-Esbrand at half-time yet he looked strong during his 45-minute showing. The Spaniard made one especially great mediation when Raphinha came wandering aimlessly into the City punishment region, and looked perilous while gathering the ball out wide in assault.

Gomez was an unforeseen marking, yet he could end up being a generally excellent one.

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