The arrival of Pep Guardiola in Manchester City is beginning to show a different pattern of game which the Catalan has introduced and which is most likely to translate in the club’s style of football when the new season begins.
Manchester City’s first pre-season game against the coach’s former club Bayern Munich ended in a 1-0 win for the German side, but there was clear evidence of a new Manchester City that played an all-attacking style of football that requires energy-sapping approach on the side of the footballers.
Pep while in Barcelona and Bayern Munich were known for making the team hold on to the ball and give accurate passes, with the aim of restoring ball possession within a time space once it is lost to opponent. This approach was basically missing in Manchester City, when they played against Real Madrid in the semifinal of last season’s champions league, making it difficult for the oil-rich club to go beyond the semifinal stage.
In fact, Pep made use of players that were available during the match, as the likes of Sergio Aguero and De Bruyne who are still on holiday were not available.
Pep has also made effort to get the signature of top players such as Leroy Sane, John Stones and Gabriel Jesus and this is an indication that City will be at the same level with the likes of Madrid, Bayern and Barcelona, who have what it takes to call for any player they need at all times.
The cancellation of the Manchester derby further made things a bit difficult for City to test their new tactical approach with an English side, as they are yet to do so.
However, in all the effort put in place by Pep Guardiola to give Manchester City a new look, time will tell how effective his tactical ideas will survive in the premier league when the season officially resumes in August.