In a supreme evening of soccer, Manchester Metropolis comfortably beat Marseille 0-3 within the Champions League.
The consequence provides Metropolis an ideal two wins from two of their Champions League group, sending them high and maintaining their rhythm excessive. What did we study?
1. World-class in multiple method
Underneath Pep Guardiola’s steerage, Kevin De Bruyne has developed into top-of-the-line, if not the outright greatest, central midfielders on the earth. De Bruyne’s capability to place his foot down and instantly up the tempo of no matter match Metropolis are taking part in (to say nothing of his passing, dribbling and capturing) make him unquestionably world-class.
Nevertheless, what is usually not mentioned is that De Bruyne is principally additionally the very best right-winger on the earth.
While De Bruyne dominates central areas, he has video games (or lengthy stretches of video games) the place he’s consistently drifting out into that half-space on the best. And when he’s there he’s terrifying dominant, sending in scorching crosses which might be virtually unimaginable to defend.
Kevin De Bruyne has now offered 13 assists within the #UCL for the reason that begin of the 2016/17 season.
Solely Neymar (17) has offered extra throughout that timeframe. pic.twitter.com/orXipBJ09z
— Squawka Soccer (@Squawka) October 27, 2020
That’s precisely what he did in opposition to Marseille to open the scoring. One slack go from Valentin Rongier and De Bruyne, who had really been taking part in extra to the left, took the ball and immediately performed a killer ball throughout the field with insulting ease. The go discovered Ferran Torres who made it 1-0, after which late within the recreation De Bruyne made one other run down the best and curled one other fantastic thing about a low cross for Raheem Sterling to faucet dwelling Metropolis’s third.
Two devastatingly scientific right-wing assists in 80 minutes for Kevin De Bruyne. And he created extra possibilities in addition to that too. Sure De Bruyne is among the greatest central midfielders on the earth, however he’s simply as dominant at right-wing. A phenomenally fluid attacker that dominates from two positions concurrently. A king.
2. Ferran Torres is completely different
When Manchester Metropolis signed Ferran Torres from Valencia after which gave him David Silva’s outdated shirt quantity, you’d be forgiven for anticipating him to finish up being a difficult playmaker who thrived creating possibilities for others. As a substitute, Guardiola is utilizing him in a way more direct position.
Ferran’s skill-set doesn’t lend itself to comparisons to David Silva. He’s rather more of an attacking menace, a goalscoring menace. His willingness and talent to press and his eye for aim make him a harmful weapon within the entrance three.
In opposition to Marseille it was Ferran, moderately than Raheem Sterling, who was given the position as Metropolis’s beginning “striker” within the absence of Sergio Aguero. After Raheem Sterling missed yet one more large probability on the weekend, Ferran dispatching De Bruyne’s low cross with nerveless precision to offer Metropolis the lead reveals why he’s completely different.
3. AVB had stars in his eyes
Andre Vilas-Boas has lengthy been confirmed as a Pep Guardiola admirer, a fanboy, a stan. He’s spoken at size about how nice Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona have been and what an affect they have been on his sides. So when he acquired the possibility to upstage the person he considers an idol, he declined to take it.
Nicely, he undoubtedly tried, however he altered Marseille’s normal form and left star man Dimitri Payet on the bench as he tried to comprise Metropolis after which break on them. He confirmed Guardiola a lot respect moderately than have his Marseille facet fly at them with a livid urgent assault that would have caught a nervy Metropolis out.
Certain, they managed to remain within the recreation for 70-odd minutes, however ultimately their defence inevitably collapsed below the stress from fixed Man Metropolis assaults. AVB can be wishing he had taken that danger.
4. Ruben Dias is unspectacular, and that’s excellent
Manchester Metropolis’s document with centre-backs within the Guardiola period is spotty at greatest. Pep Guardiola’s been attempting to revolutionise Metropolis on the place ever since he took over and has tried any variety of extravagant options starting from Aliaksandr Kolarov (no, actually) to Nico Otamendi (critically now) to cultivating John Stones regardless of the plain weaknesses, to taking large punts on Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké (which have labored when the defenders have been match, which isn’t usually) or trusting in Eric Garcia just for him to refuse to signal a brand new contract to attempt to power a transfer again to Barcelona.
Now Ruben Dias is the most recent participant Pep has tried at centre-back, however the distinction between the Portuguese stopper and everybody else is that he’s a fairly boring participant. That’s not a criticism, Ruben Dias is just not some majestic Rolls Royce of a centre-back, he’s simply large, robust and stable a lot in the identical method that Vincent Kompany was once.
Ruben Dias was an enormous a part of shutting Marseille down. He’s not an impressive passer, he’s simply alright – however then neither is a hyper-aggressive duel service provider like Otamendi. He simply will get on with it, which makes him the best praise to the remaining this Metropolis facet which is filled with crew picks the place Guardiola is attempting to make a assertion. Ruben Dias is an unspectacular centre-back, and that’s excellent.
5. Foden shines once more
Manchester Metropolis have desperately missed Leroy Sané’s direct and dynamic play on the left-flank. On the weekend Phil Foden confirmed that he has the potential to shine in that zone, scoring Metropolis’s aim. Tonight he as soon as once more shone, albeit this time with no aim.
Foden has the tempo and ability to play as a real winger, however the tactical intelligence to return narrower and assist pack the midfield if that’s what is required. Most significantly of all, after all, is that he has a wand of a left-foot. This implies he supplies stability to the facet along with his motion and intelligence. That intelligence is the maybe essentially the most spectacular factor.
In opposition to West Ham he got here on in a charged state of affairs, Metropolis have been pushing for a aim. It wasn’t straightforward to carry out, however his position was clear. Now he needed to begin the match and play 90 minutes, which carries with it a completely completely different form of expectation.
But Foden as soon as once more dealt with himself beautifully, taking part in an enormous position in Metropolis’s second aim with a pointy flip, run and a scrumptious cross to the back-post that Sterling knocked down for Gundogan. He hinted at it on the weekend, however tonight Phil Foden confirmed that his future at Metropolis isn’t the centre of midfield however on the left of assault.