Manchester City vs Leicester City was without doubt the highlight of this week’s premier league. Second-placed Leicester and third-placed Manchester City may be a lot of points behind league leaders Liverpool, but nonetheless this clash promised to be a great one. While Brandan Rodgers and his team perform surprisingly well throughout this season, Manchester City are not in their peak right now. Thus, one side wanted to show that they deserve to be in the top 3, while the other one was eager to prove that they are still the benchmark. In the end, Pep Guardiola’s team took the victory thanks to a dominant performance. The expected goals figures of 4.10 to 0.61 in favour of Manchester City underline that the 3-1 win was well deserved. Our tactical analysis will explain, how City were able to overcome Leicester and beat them convincingly.
Somewhat surprisingly, Manchester City played in a 4-2-3-1 with Bernardo Silva alongside Ilkay Gündoğan in the defensive midfield position. Up-front Gabriel Jesus played again instead of Sergio Agüero. Apart from that, both teams started as expected. Brandan Rodgers used his preferred 4-1-4-1 formation.
Looking at both teams average positions, we see that both vertical and horizontal compactness are rather similar, at least on a numerical basis, for both teams. While Leicester City’s 4-1-4-1 is clearly recognizable, Manchester City’s formation rather looks like a 2-4-4. In the following, we will analyse this.
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