Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What We Learned Analysis

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What We Learned Analysis

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¦ FEYENOORD REACTION SHOWS HOW FAR CITY HAVE COME PEP Guardiola was brought to City to take the club to the next level. When a slender win to confirm five wins out of five and top spot in a Champions League group feels underwhelming, you can safely say he is well on his way to meeting that challenge.

WHAT SIMON With seven changes to the team from Leicester, there was, understandably, a lack of fluidity to the XI against an ordinary Feyenoord side and it was a step down from some of the soaring heights during the previous 16 games.

But it was still a solid effort for a defence missing Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy, and an attack that left David Silva on the bench had enough firepower to clinch the victory.

ANALYSIS WE LEARNED ¦¦Guardiola risks injuries rather than youth THE City manager regularly bemoans the demands of the fixture list on his players and made it clear he was going to 'completely change' his team from the weekend. Given that City have already qualified, and would have won the group even without a win against Feyenoord, and the coach has been tasked by the club top brass with BAJKOWSKI bringing through academy players, it seemed sensible to play the highly-rated Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz. …

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