Pep Guardiola louds one Man City player that made Kevin De Bruyne ‘play better’ against Chelsea
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was quick to adulate one of his players specifically for their job in the 0-1 triumph over Chelsea on Thursday night.
City returned from an extremely frustrating first-half in West London to direct play during the initial trades of the final part, and eventually take every one of the three points through a solitary goal from Riyad Mahrez.
The Algeria international joined well with individual substitute Jack Grealish, to tap home at the back post and score the choosing goal in the apparatus.
While the previously mentioned pair had a definitive effect in the game, two different substitutes can be attributed for having a tremendous effect on the manner in which Manchester City worked in the final part; Manuel Akanji and Rico Lewis.
The protective couple came on before the beginning of the last part, in a move that likewise saw City switch away from a super wide framework, to a more thin, controlled, and reduced design that likewise saw them keep hold of the ball much better in the Chelsea half.
Talking after the match, Pep Guardiola conceded to expecting a particular set-up from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, maybe making sense of why the Manchester City boss picked an altogether different opening configuration to his beginning eleven.
“I need to say thank you to Joao (Cancelo) and Rodri for putting forth the attempt to assume in those parts, however I envisioned that sort of game where they (Chelsea) could have had five at the back, which they in some cases play, we could utilize Kyle (Walker) and Joao as full-backs,” he said.
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“In any case, in the primary half, everything was messy, and we were unable to keep contact with the wingers or the attacking midfielders and we didn’t make a lot. Our squeezing was so poor, and we were not efficient.”
Pep Guardiola then, at that point, pointed towards the progressions he made at half-time, when Manuel Akanji and Rico Lewis replacing Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo – with the 18 year-old City foundation item to a great extent working in a cautious midfield job, offering backing to Riyad Mahrez in attacking positions.
Guardiola was particularly free of Lewis – who featured by and by in the fourth continuous senior Manchester City match that he has highlighted in this season – with the City boss asserting that the teen even made star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne ‘play better’.
“In the final part, particularly with Manu (Akanji) and Rico (Lewis) – and this young man has the quality to improve us.
“Everybody can play better, however when (Rico) came in, Rodri played better, Kevin (De Bruyne) played better, and he has the ability to do this.”
He proceeded, “Since we have returned, he has been playing for ourselves and he has become principal for us, the manner in which he is playing at present.”
Yet again rico Lewis can hope to get significantly more game opportunity in the approaching two games specifically, as Manchester City take on consecutive cup matches, with the first of the two coming against Chelsea – this time at the Etihad Stadium.
Graham Potter’s side travel to the Etihad Arena on Sunday evening, for the third round of the FA Cup, and hoping to offer to set things right for the Carabao Cup exit to Pep Guardiola’s side and the loss on Thursday night in the Premier League.