Castagne was transferred from Atlanta this season, and he immediately secured his position as the main right back. He performed well in the first two games and immediately conquered the fans while also making people forget the pain of losing Chilville. Castagne contributed 1 goal and 1 assist in the first two rounds and caused the opponent to score an own own, which contributed to the team's two consecutive victories. Although there have been changes in this game, he still serves as the main right back, and because Amma proposes to serve as the right center back, this reduces his pressure on the defensive end, and the team can invest more energy when attacking.
(The heat map of Castagne and Justin touching the ball)
It can be seen from the heat map that although Castagne and Justin are both full-backs, their roles and responsibilities on the court are still different. Castagne's touch in the penalty area is significantly less than Justin, this is because of Amati. Then look at the heat map of Amati's touch.
(Heart map of Amati touch the ball)
Guardiola’s tactical play is a typical flow of control. To deal with such a team, defensive counterattacks behind the opponent’s defense line are the best and the only way, and once it is done, it is likely to be an absolute opportunity to face the goalkeeper. . In this game, Leicester City shot a total of 7 times, all hitting the range of the goal frame. The two missed goals were long shots by Barnes. Although Manchester City had 16 shots but only 5 effective shots. Fox City's three penalties all came from such an offense.
In fact, Barnes had already missed a pass, and he was caught up by Mahrez because he did not pass it in time, but he managed to avoid Mahrez’s tackle. At this time, Vardy, who was in an offside position, also stopped. Step down and wait for the opponent's defense to retreat. When the second chance came up, Barnes didn't waste it, and Walker had to allocate attention to Justin who was on the edge, so the position in front of him was leaked to Vardy, which made Vardy's anti-offside position. At the same time, you can see that Castagne, the right back at the top of the screen, has also outflanked it. In addition to pushing to Vardy and Justin, Barnes can also buckle and open the space for Castagne on the right. Nirvana creates an excellent opportunity. Why is there no one on the left side of Manchester City coming back to help defend? In addition to Castagne, Tillemans is also in an unguarded area.
After Castagne joined Tillemans and Pratt, he formed a Belgian trio. The three played well on the offensive end. Especially Tillemans had improved his state significantly compared to last season. , Has sent wonderful passes to teammates many times.
Although they scored 5 goals in this game, they also lost 2 goals. They were all corner kicks from the opponent, while Manchester City had only 3 corner kicks.
In recent seasons, weak air combat has always been a problem for the team. Although Endidi occasionally has successful cases, it is only occasional, not to mention that Endidi is still injured now. If you want to prevent your opponent from getting such a chance, you must not give the opponent corner kicks and wing free kicks as much as possible. However, once the opponent starts high-altitude bombing in a positional battle, it is hard to say whether Fox City can be defended.
During the three-game suspension of Evans, Endidi changed to play as a central defender. Mendy was the starting midfielder. After Evans came back, Endidi was injured again. It can be foreseen that Mendy will return for a long time Will continue to serve as the team's main midfielder. Mendy has been expected to be Kanter's successor since joining the team, but his injuries are more frequent and his competitive state is also very general, which has caused a large number of fans to be dissatisfied with him. However, judging from the three games that have been played this season, Mendy is in very good condition. There may be a certain gap compared with Kanter five years ago, but he is already worthy of the starting midfielder.
(Mendy just completed his contract extension this summer)
It is worth noting that Ayoze sat on the bench for the entire game and did not get a chance to play. Due to his performance has never met expectations, Ayoze seems to have been marginalized, especially after Yundale joined, his pick may be even further behind. In addition, Justin may lose his main position after Ricardo's comeback, and Gray's time in the team seems to be really running out.