As his side became the first to defeat Liverpool in the league this season, Pep Guardiola was asked why he changes his tactics when he plays them. It was a bold question, and one which was thrown straight back by the City manager.
“What did I change today? From the way we normally play? At Anfield I would agree with you, here no way”
“More direct?” came the reply, and Guardiola explained why this may have appeared to be the case.
“Yeah they stay high, we spoke with [Raheem] Sterling and Leroy [Sane] to make runs in behind.”
“Today I have the feeling we tried to do what we have done in sixteen months, that is my feeling but maybe I’m wrong.”
He had played a different system in the draw at Anfield earlier in the season, using Bernardo Silva as a holding player in a 4-2-3-1 but here he took a risk, and commented that if Fernandinho did not win his duels his defence would be isolated against some of the best attacking players in the world. Read More