5 Things We Learned From Manchester City's 3-2 Victory Against West Brom | ht_media

Sunday, October 29 2017

5 Things We Learned From Manchester City's 3-2 Victory Against West Brom | ht_media

5 Things We Learned From Manchester City's 3-2 Victory Against West Brom en Adam Barnish 29 Oct 2017 Manchester City continued their unbeaten start in all competitions this season after their deserved 3-2 win against West Brom. Despite the scoreline appearing to be close, the gulf in class throughout the game was clear to see as West Brom were second best in large parts of the game. With a number of talking points emerging from the game, here are five talking points from Manchester City's 3-2 victory against West Brom. 1. Pep Guardiola Has Created a Team the Rest of Europe Should Fear With 78% possession and 488 successful passes, these are the hallmarks of a typical Pep Guardiola team, and he now appears to have transferred his philosophy onto his carefully assembled squad. A fine blend of youth and experience, mixed with genuine world class talent in all positions, Guardiola now has a squad capable of challenging on multiple fronts this season and this dominant display against the Baggies certainly won't be their last this season. 2. Fernandinho is Priceless For Manchester City The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are usually the players who receive critical acclaim for Manchester City performances, meaning it is sometimes easy to overlook the importance of the players behind them. The Brazilian has become a key player in the eye's of Pep Guardiola, acting as the holding midfielder to screen his defence whilst also being expected to play passes further forward. It is a role that Fernandinho thrives in, scoring one and assisting in Leroy Sane's goal, he will be a vital player for Manchester City this season if they harbour aspirations of silverware. 3. West Brom Lacked a Cutting Edge Any side that come up against Manchester City this season will struggle to create chances, such is the pressure they will put on a side. However, a lack of creativity is something that has been labelled at Tony Pulis throughout his time at West Brom and it doesn't look like things are about to change anytime soon. A Jay Rodriguez goal and weak headers from Salomon Rondon and Grzegorz Krychowiak were all that West Brom could muster, before a late consolation after a Nicolas Otamendi mistake made the scoreline closer than it probably should, leaving Baggies fans pondering who will step up to improve the productivity in the side. 4. Defensive Frailties Still Evident for Manchester City Despite Manchester City's impressive attacking play, they still looked fragile when questions were asked of them defensively and it very nearly cost them. West Brom's first shoud've been a rotuine long ball for John Stones to deal with. Instead, he was caught out of position when the pass was made and was even out-muscled by Jay Rodriguez, who then slotted past Ederson who was caught in no mans land. The second was complacency from Nicolas Otamendi, as he tried to chest the ball back to his goalkeeper in the final minute. It was duly punished by Matt Phillips and gave West Brom a glimmer of hope with a minute to go. If City are to challenge for major honours both domestically and in Europe, they can't afford to gift the opposition chances to get back in the game, as it will soon catch up with them. 5. Leroy Sane Proving His Worth For Guardiola The German international was arguably the best player on the pitch for Manchester City and proved the quality he possesses. Scoring a sumptuous opener before assisting Fernandinho for his goal, Sane was a thorn in the Baggies' side all afternoon after his pace could not be handled. Scoring six and assisting another four in his past ten Premier League games proves his importance for Pep Guardiola and will be pivotal for Manchester City going forward into the rest of the season. Transfer News