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Pep Risks Man City’s Quadruple Desire

13 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Pep Risks Man City’s Quadruple Desire

Courtesy: Footy Toonz

Pep Guardiola faces a major test of his managerial acumen after Manchester City’s draining quadruple chase was dented by his decision to stray from his purist principles in their tired Champions League defeat at Tottenham.

One glance at City’s starting line-up for Tuesday’s 1-0 quarter-final first leg loss laid bare the concerns racing through Guardiola’s mind before the latest obstacle in his team’s gruelling bid to win all four major trophies.

City boss opted for an unusually conservative team that featured two defensive midfielders in Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan, while Riyad Mahrez was preferred to the more explosive but temperamental Leroy Sane on the right wing.

Playing the first leg away made some level of caution understandable, but rather than help City win the tactical battle, Guardiola’s instruction to proceed with caution only served to lull his side into a submissive display that allowed them to be knocked out of any rhythm by Tottenham’s relentless pressing.