Manchester City are really good, like really really good. With a basically guaranteed top 4 finish, Man City have thrived in their first year under new manager Pep Guardiola. Guardiola is known for his tiki-taka play that emphasizes possession and his use of dynamic, creative players such as David Villa, Messi, De Bruyne, and Sané. Players that are similar to his own playing style. Like I said, they dominate possession and really work the ball down the field, this is shown with the insane amount of passes they have completed as a team this year over 22,000, which is the best in the League this season. This is a tough team to beat, that has really bought into how Guardiola likes to play, and it has paid off well for the side.
Man City has typically employed a 4-1-4-1 formation this season with Agüero up top, and everyone’s favorite birthday prince, Yaya Touré as a holding midfielder. The formation however all starts at the back, with a back 4 that typically consists of Kolorav, Otamendi, Kompany, and Fernandinho. Guardiola typically encourages his fullbacks to push up the field and help move the ball, and it is not different at Man City with Fernandinho currently 3rd in the league in passes completed. Kolorav and Fernandinho are usually catalysts for the Man City Attack and are even threats to bag a few goals themselves. In order to contain them, Atsu and Ritchie would either need to pressure them on the ball when the ball is in their own half or play Man City’s style and really try to hold the ball and dominate possession. Otamendi and Kompany, of course, are excellent in the back and with Caballero in goal this team is going to be a hard one to score on.
If there was a perfect midfield in the premier league, chances are it would be Man City. This midfield is anchored by Yaya Touré and features the likes of Leroy Sané, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Gabriel Jesus. Of course guys like Touré, Silva, and Jesus are proven Man City talents, but the play of De Bruyne, who leads the league in assists, and Sané have been brilliant this season. In addition to those guys, Guardiola has Fernando, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gündogan to pick from. All guys we would love in our midfield. Against this midfield we would surely struggle to keep possession especially when City are so good at keeping the ball.
Even though City only have Agüero up top, who has bagged 20 goals this season, they still have the third most goals in the league with 80. Off the bench you have the young sensation and FIFA 17 legend Kelechi Iheanacho, and of course Raheem Sterling, who is finally looking like the guy Man City paid so much for. Outside of their forwards the midfield has combined to contribute over 40 goals, so there is definitely no need to add any more forwards to help out up top. The other thing about City is that they have so many guys who are dangerous with set pieces. With the likes of Touré, De Bruyne, Agüero, and Jesus they can attack you with multiple guys every time they have a set piece.
Against this team we would not fare well, so I see multiple 2-0 losses in our future.