With Fulham edging closer to the drop, interim head coach Scott Parker is keen to impress in the hopes of earning a more permanent position ahead of next season. Saturday’s fixture against Manchester City represented arguably his toughest challenge yet, with Pep Guardiola looking to lead his side back to top spot in the Premier League.

Despite some brave attempts to build attacks, Fulham were beaten by two goals to nil. This analysis will attempt to dissect City’s performance, as well as highlighting the flaws in the home team’s efforts.

Lineups

Eager to prevent central progressions during their defensive phases, Parker set his side up in a 5-4-1 formation. However, centre-forward Ryan Babel often dropped off the front in an attempt to stifle Gundogan’s game. In these instances, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguisse played between the lines in a shape more closely resembling a 5-1-4.

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