Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
Sport

Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund gives Pep Guardiola much to think about

Mahrez Magic

Riyad Mahrez is one of only a handful of senior players on the tour, and the club record signers should be very pleased about it.

For those who wonder how the former Leicester man will come even into the star-studded team, he has an early opportunity to defend his place.

No Bernardo Silva, no Raheem Sterling, no David Silva, no Ilkay Gündogan – if Mahrez can make himself a star in these games, the pressure will go straight into the new season.

Formation

Three or four behind?

It's the main question about Pep Guardiola's tactics, which goes into the new season. Benjamin Mendy's injury last year made a change back to four before the three really got going, but games like Watford showed his devastating potential.

Mendy is not in the squad yet (he'll be in Miami) and City does not really have the full-backs to try a three – but then they do not necessarily have a four.

The manager talked about how much he enjoyed translating his lessons the club's teens and it might be useful for them to have experiences with a 3-5-2 when it comes to how to be in City a row stands.

They suspect City will use both during the season, which may mean that we both see the tour

Gentle Challenge

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