Man City win despite their inability to solve Porto puzzle

The first half was pathetic

City put out their best team possible and yet it seemed like they could not pass a toddler’s test. The runs from aguero and sterling were virtually absent and porto doubled in on mahrez. To help with this situation, bernardo silva played high and tried to provide an outlet for mahrez to pass the ball, but this created an other problem, there was no one to drop deep and get the ball from the defense. Unfortunately, Rodri and gundogan do not posses the engine and swiftness to carry the ball from the defense.

Kyle Walker the only bright spot in a shambolic defense

If not for a fantastic goal line clearance from walker, city would have gone in 2 goals down at halftime. Walker used his physicality and pace to nullify the threat of luiz dias who looked like he would destroy city with his pace and guile. Just like in the encounter against arsenal, walker was there everywhere to rescue a defense that seemed pedestrian. Walker even made an excellent run forward in the second half that even shocked the porto defense. That burst of pace was out of this world and it was a sprint forward that was well worthy of atleast an assist.

Excellent Foden and electric Torres

The introduction of Foden seemed to reignite the spark in city’s midfield. He drove through the Porto defense like there is no tomorrow and created chance after chance. Suddenly sterling was through on goal, mahrez had his shot cleared of the goal line and city were all over porto.

Lessons learned from the game

The goals were all the result of individual brilliance on a day when city seemed out of ideas. This would have been disappointing for pep guardiola, a man who always emphasizes team work over individual brilliance, but the best thing about the result was that despite city not being at their best they found a way through just like all champion teams do. Individuals stepped up and took more responsibility to carry the team through. Be it walker taking the responsibility to mark luiz dias despite getting a yellow card early on or gundogan taking the free kick, city’s players showed great individuality and character.

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Simple, calm and unassuming guy who likes to laugh his heart out. I I am a manchester city fan, an instructor at udemy and have a youtube mancity fan channel

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