Man City | Champions League Improvement | Weakness Fixed?

Manchester City’s recent attacking prowess has been the subject of much attention, with the club scoring an impressive 24 goals in their last five games. However, Man City Champions League victory over Bayern Munich showcased an equally impressive defensive performance that could prove pivotal in their pursuit of the one trophy that has eluded them so far.

Man City’s history of conceding goals in bunches during knockout rounds has been well documented, with the club conceding 21 goals over their last eight two-legged knockout stage matches. Pep Guardiola’s side knows that if they are to finally lift the coveted trophy, they must tighten up defensively as well as collectively.

Their latest victory against Bayern Munich was a demonstration of City’s new system, which provides their most solid base to date. The 3-2-4-1 system allows for a more flexible approach to defending, with John Stones deployed as a midfield pivot alongside Rodri. Stones’ performance in this role was nothing short of magnificent, showcasing Guardiola’s ability to evolve his team and motivate players to execute his instructions.

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The defensive acumen of the team was evident all over the pitch, with players like Jack Grealish cutting off passing lanes and demonstrating their ability to turn their hand to any number of new jobs, thanks to their own talents and tools and the teachings, structures, and strategies of their manager.

If Man City continues to play in this way, they may have addressed the flaw that has proved their Achilles heel in the Champions League. The team’s defensive performance against Bayern Munich was a significant milestone in their pursuit of the coveted trophy and provides an encouraging blueprint for the rest of their campaign.

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