Pep Guardiola identifies Man City problem in thrilling draw with Newcastle
Manchester City were not their ordinary gathered selves at St James’ Park.
Pep Guardiola distinguished an inability to make more passes in the last third as a justification for Manchester City dropping focuses at Newcastle United on Sunday.
City played out an undeniably exhilarating 3-3 draw at St James’ Park, with Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva pulling City back from 3-1 down after Ilkay Gundogan had given the Blues an early lead.
City looked smooth and agreeable in the initial stages, however after around 25 minutes the hosts began to slice through City’s safeguard easily. Guardiola ‘s defenders battled to adapt to the speed of Allan Saint-Maximin and the firmness of Miguel Almiron, and that main went on as the game became start to finish and extended.
It was the sort of game that Guardiola despises; one that City battle to control and neglect to extract the life from. Even though City appreciated 69% ownership of the ball, Newcastle were heartless on the counter-assault and City battled to change from assault into safeguard.
“They [Newcastle] have everything, speed and quality,” Guardiola said when asked his thought process of Newcastle’s exhibition. “[St James’ Park is a] troublesome spot to come, we acted great once more, yet the main issue is that when we break the lines and run… assuming that you finish the activity [attack] it’s no issue, however on the off chance that you don’t complete you don’t show up to control Saint-Maximin and Almiron.
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“We ought to invest more energy in the last third, give more passes at that time however it’s troublesome. Assuming Erling [Haaland] is going, Phil [Foden] has that animosity to arrive. On the off chance that it’s Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez they are more quiet and assist us with meeting up, and assuming we lose the ball we are there and they [the opposition] can’t run [counter-attack].
The thought behind playing more passes in match, as opposed to going after through fast changes, is that it gives the City players additional opportunity to get into position and guard against speedy breakaways.
That didn’t occur on Sunday, subsequently why any semblance of Rodri, Walker and Stones now and again watched out of position when Newcastle broke forward.
“In the main half when we lost the ball this was how things had been. We can run, lose the ball and the back four is so distant. Some of the time we have this issue, it works out. Not because we played gravely, you know the number of chances we that made.
“Why not give credit to Newcastle? Brentford beat [Manchester] United 4-0 and everything was an analysis of United – why not give credit?”