June 23, 2017

Tactics Column: Man City From Heroes to Zeros

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By Steve Njuguna

On Monday Manchester city were outdone by a well-organized Palace side. But it was clear in that game that City were not up to speed and an unconvincing display against ten man West Brom a few weeks back also made pundits everywhere observe with increasing interest. This is why they have been on a bad run of form.

Inconsistent strikers

Sergio Aguero has been struggling to replicate his form after a series of bad performances while Edin Dzeko isn’t up to his level and Stefan Jovetic has faded into nothingness .New signing Wilfried Bony has not eased into the starting 11.

Pressure on Yaya Toure

The Ivorian player was undisputedly the best midfielder in the league, playing as a deep lying playmaker. He amassed 20 goals. Now as the season draws to a close he has managed only 8, a decent tally but at the grand age of 32 it is clear his best is behind him. Man City’s strongman has now become a liability as his tackling has been erratic and so has his form.

The mass of confusion that is Vincent Kompany

After being a rock in the center of defense for Manchester City’s past two title winning seasons,Kompany’s performances have been depressing for City faithful and opposition who used to tremble before his defensive prowess now pick him out like ducks in a pond.

The outdated rigid 4-4-2 system

This has proved to be a menace as the 4-4-2 system gives preference to strikers ho have a good work rate or clinical finishers. It is good in an attacking sense but defensively it puts too much pressure on the holding midfielders. This has not gone well for the current squad as their midfielders are badly out of form and they have not been able to perform.

Pellegrini’s nonexistent sense of squad rotation

Manchester City manager has basically not built his squad as fringe players find themselves increasingly frustrated by his exclusion of them. This makes it harder for the team to adjust to injuries and fatigue.

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