We should not be surprised by Pep Guardiola’s approach against Chelsea. He will point to the chances Manchester City missed to close out the game rather than the errors at the back.
Guardiola has been incredibly successful and will not change his philosophy but he needs to strike a better balance at the back.
HE NEEDS MORE PACE
City struggled with the pace and power of Diego Costa. When he chested that diagonal pass from Cesc Fabregas, Nicolas Otamendi was shrugged off.
Nicolas Otamendi should have done better against Chelsea’s Diego Costa on Saturday
There aren’t many who can handle Costa in a one-v-one but Otamendi should have done better. You don’t want your centre backs being swatted away.
When I saw Eden Hazard run through on Aleksandar Kolarov it was almost embarrassing. It looked like Kolarov was running through treacle!