Sunday’s match was enthralling. It was played at a terrific pace – perhaps it was even a bit to quick – with Liverpool in particular pressing City at every opportunity and in packs.
Liverpool had more attempts on goal (17/7) but the shots that got through were more balanced.
Manchester City take few risks pushing forward looking for offside – Liverpool tend to be caught off side a lot. In this match both teams were caught offside only twice – City 27 times going into the game and Liverpool 43.
Gus noted in a post on Sunday morning that the game had the makings of a titanic midfield battle. I would say that was exactly how it turned out.
Lucas was my man of the match and how he plugged the holes that David Silva weaves threads of destruction from was magnificent. His overall passing was superb (69 out of 75) but in the final third he only failed with one from 19.
But as mentioned above it was the defensive side of his game that offered Liverpool a platform from which they could build.
His tackling was flawless and he also had 6 interceptions.
Week after week we have watched as David Silva destroyed teams with his passing and movement in the attacking third of the field. But although he still racked up decent passing numbers in the final third he was forced into playing in more peripheral areas.
There is also a contrast in where Silva picked up passes on Sunday against Liverpool and a few weeks ago against Manchester United.
It might be a stretch comparing games but Silva’s positioning when receiving passes differed over the two games.
He operated over a wider area against Liverpool and that might suggest frustration caused by Lucas.
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