Pep Guardiola’s Man City positive that is actually a negative

Pep Guardiola has repeatedly used the fact that opponents are scoring from limited numbers of chances as a positive for Manchester City, highlighting the fact that the opposition are being restricted by City’s possession and pressing game – which is true.

But the negative side of it also needs addressing, especially when it keeps happening.

Last season City lost to an Andros Townsend wonder goal against Crystal Palace – and when that happens you just have to applaud and curse ill luck.

But Newcastle’s two goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw were preventable, and the reason opponents are scoring so economically is because the chances created are good ones.

Jonjo Shelvey’s late equaliser was a great strike, but his capacity for doing that is well known, so he should never have been given the chance.

And Jetro Willems’ goal was preventable with stronger, more vigorous and smarter defending. That needs addressing, or City will keep conceding.

Tall order

City know what to expect at Turf Moor – an aerial bombardment.

And that will probably mean Rodri is back in the starting line-up, and Nicolas Otamendi too, to add a little more aerial power.

Whether that means Fernandinho stepping out, and John Stones keeping his place, remains to be seen.

Rodri could even play centre back, with Fernandinho resuming his old role in midfield.


Gundogan replacement

Ilkay Gundogan’s yellow card at Newcastle means he must serve an automatic one-match ban, having totalled five bookings this season.

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