时间:2020-10-19 21:20:26

“In the first half, we had clear chances to kill the game,” Pep Guardiola told


“The second half was a little bit more equal


There was a part when they were better.” And so it goes for Manchester City at the moment


The 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road was a thrilling game of football


Rocky versus Apollo Creed, according to Gary Neville


Both trading blows


Neither could find the knockout punch but maybe City are already on the canvas when it comes to the title race


Guardiola seemed still to be taking in what he had witnessed when speaking after the final whistle


But when he does have time to analyse what Marcelo Bielsa"s players put his team through in West Yorkshire, he will be left to reflect on familiar failings from his City side

但是,当他确实有时间分析Marcelo Bielsa的球员在西约克郡经历的比赛时,他将被留下来思考他在城市方面常见的失误

Once again, City started well


Just as they had against Wolves and Leicester


Once again, City scored the early goal沙滩足球比赛时间


Just as they had against Wolves and Leicester


And once again, they allowed their grip on the game to slip


Guardiola"s side had 66 per cent of the ball in the opening quarter of an hour against Leeds, a continuation of their early domination at Molineux (70 per cent) and against Leicester (78 per cent)


In all three games, the opening goal came their way inside the first 20 minutes


There was a time when that was the catalyst for City to kick on and overwhelm their opponents


In their back-to-back title-winning seasons under Guardiola, they scored the first goal of the game on 65 occasions and proceeded to win 60 of those matches


If there was a criticism of City back then it was that they were too ruthless


沙滩足球比赛时间Expending needless energy by pummelling the opponents long after the result was in any doubt


Now they have dropped points in consecutive games despite scoring first


Rodrigo goal helps Leeds hold City in thrillerHow Leeds and Man City lined up | Match stats"We made an incredible 30 minutes when we could have scored the goals but we did not," said Guardiola


沙滩足球比赛时间"We knew that this is a team that is there until the final whistle


"We knew it." In other words, they can have no complaints


In all three matches, the expected-goals data supports the eye test and shows that it has been City"s opponents - not them - who have had the better chances after the break


That happened only five times in 38 games during Guardiola"s first title-winning season


沙滩足球比赛时间Is that complacency? It certainly did not feel like the reason as his team were caught up in a frenzied and draining game against Bielsa"s side


City simply could not contain Leeds


It was different against Leicester but still a variation on a theme


Even before the withdrawal of Fernandinho, the visitors were finding ways to play through the press


When the Brazilian went off all control was lost


Ruben Dias has been brought in at great expense in an attempt to solve some of these problems at the back and one can only imagine what he is making of the Premier League after such an extraordinary introduction to the competition

鲁本·迪亚斯(Ruben Dias)付出了巨大的代价,试图解决这些问题中的某些问题,人们只能想象他在对比赛进行了如此非凡的介绍之后对英超联赛的看法

He faced up to the test well


The focus has now shifted to the full-back positions after a poor performance by Kyle Walker and yet another display from Benjamin Mendy that left many wondering whether he has the instincts required to snuff out danger in the defensive third of the pitch


But the fear for City"s supporters and Guardiola himself is that there is something more fundamental at play here


Even as he attempts to bring in players to address a deficiency here or tweak the system to provide greater protection there, bigger questions loom


Are City still capable of playing with the urgency required? At their best, the old Guardiola line about his Barcelona team being horrible to play against without the ball had been equally applicable to the Manchester City version


They would harass opponents with relentless enthusiasm and before long possession would be theirs


No doubt that is how Kalvin Phillips will remember the first 20 minutes of his first taste of playing against Guardiola"s Manchester City

毫无疑问,这就是卡尔文·菲利普斯(Kalvin Phillips)将如何记住他对阵瓜迪奥拉的曼城的第一场比赛的前20分钟

The Leeds playmaker was targeted from the outset and found himself denied any kind of room to pick out passes in midfield


It was all took quick for him


Until it wasn"t


Eventually, the spaces began to open up and Leeds were able to cause plenty of problems of their own


It was a sapping game but that seemed to suit them more than their opponents


There were signs last season that City were no longer able to maintain that sort of energy week in and week out


It helps to explain why they contrived to lose nine games in the Premier League last season, while looking so strong in many of the other matches


Right now the concern is not only that City cannot deliver week in and week out but on recent evidence it would seem debatable whether they can keep going for an entire game


As opposition managers learn to appreciate this, the encouragement to hang on in there will only grow


Stay in the game


Things will turn


That aura of invincibility has gone and in its place there is a palpable sense of hitherto unexpected vulnerability as matches wear on


Premier League table | Fixtures | Live on SkyGet In a wider sense, Manchester City have become victims not of their vulnerability but their own success in shaping the way that football is now being played in the Premier League


Their kind of pressing has become the style of choice for many coaches in the competition


The number of pressed sequences has increased year on year


The number of passes allowed per defensive action in the zones closest to the opposition goal has decreased


But while the rest have been pressing more, City have been pressing less


All of the other teams to finish in the top five in the Premier League last season upped their number of pressed sequences on the previous campaign


All of the other teams to finish in the top five in the Premier League last season allowed fewer passes per defensive action


City"s numbers went in the opposite direction


It is why it might take much more than Dias to alter the flow of their matches because the problems are occurring long before the ball finds its way to Ederson"s penalty box


Without pressure on the ball, there are problems


If City attempt to keep pressing but without the same intensity as before, teams can play through them and expose the high defensive line


If City stop pressing and drop deeper then the control of old is lost anyway


Guardiola surely senses it himself, saying afterwards that Gabriel Jesus" off-the-ball work has been much missed


He needs key players to come back


The lack of a proper pre-season has been costly too


Both would no doubt have helped him to play the type of game that he wants to play


For now, it is proving a problem


"If they are going to challenge Liverpool they are going to have to finish games off," former Manchester City defender Micah Richards told after the game

曼彻斯特前卫米卡·理查兹(Micah Richards)在赛后告诉记者:“如果他们要挑战利物浦,就必须结束比赛。”

Whether or not Pep Guardiola can pick his team up off the canvas and find a way to solve this problem will surely define their season

瓜迪奥拉(Pep Guardiola)是否可以从团队中脱颖而出并找到解决此问题的方法,这肯定会决定他们的赛季


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