Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Rich Faye

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Rich Faye

Article excerpt

¦ DEFENSIVE DEPTH A FIRST-LEG lead means City will qualify for the Carabao Cup final with a clean sheet. Simple, right? The last trophy City lifted was the League Cup in 2016 - and there has been plenty of change in the two years since.

Most notably the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

When the Blues appointed the Catalan, success was expected.

However, an incredible defensive overhaul probably wasn't.

Seven defenders were in the match-day squad when the Blues defeated Liverpool on penalties to lift the League Cup two years ago.

Only two, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, are still at the club - with both keepers gone as well.

Instead, Guardiola has opted for a ruthless defensive approach which is already proving him right.

And after injury to Fabian Delph, City will again have to weigh up their defensive options as they travel to Ashton Gate. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.