After leaving points behind against Newcastle, Manchester City received some help from West Ham United. The 1-1 tie between Pellegrini’s boys and Liverpool was a wave of fresh air to Guardiola, who saw his chances of a second consecutive Premier League title stay intact. Everton, who lost four of the five last games, wanted to keep their chances of reaching a European Cup spot. In this tactical analysis we see how each team changed their tactical approach compared to their last encounter, on December 2018, but two goals in added time, one in each half, gave the three points to Manchester City.
The first half with a lot of intensity but not much chances
If there is one word to define the first half of the game, it is intensity. It was not the most beautiful game, it didn’t have plenty of goal chances for both teams, but the intensity level was very high. Both teams played a very vertical game, with direct passing and fervent pressure. This resulted in a high number of turnovers in possession and a good amount of time spent in the middle third of the pitch.
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