Pep’s Philosophy Starting to Show at Manchester City

Last week, I wrote about Manchester City’s lack of killer instinct in their opening game against Sunderland.
Since last week Manchester City have played two matches, winning both games and scoring a combination of 9 goals in the process. Definitely no lack of killer instinct.

Yesterday, Manchester City visited the 365 stadium to play a Stoke City side who, in the reverse fixture last season, beat City. However, yesterday was very different story.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring from the spot in the 27th minute after Ryan Shawcross was judged to have pulled on Nicolas Otamendi’s shirt from a corner. A decision Mark Hughes and the Stoke faithful felt was a wrong one.

Manchester City doubled their lead in the 36th Minute after a beautiful delivery from a free-kick by Kevin De Bruyne was met by the head of Aguero, who had found space in the pocket of the Stoke defence.

Stoke City did pull a goal back through a Bojan penalty after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have pulled on the shirt of Ryan Shawcross. The man who had given away the penalty earlier in the game for the same infringement. After Stoke scored, they looked like they may get back into the game, however, they just couldn’t take advantage of the Manchester City’s lull.

In the last ten minutes, Manchester City got back on track and well and truly punished Stoke City, Nolito came off the bench to score two late goals. The first coming from a Kelevhi Iheanach cut back, which left Nolito with an easy close-range finish. Noltio’s second and Manchester Citys third came in the 95th Minute, after some nice play from the Manchester City players put Raheem Sterling through, who unselfishly passed Nolito in for another easy tap in.

The score did flatter Manchester City, after a first half where the dominated possession and closed down Stoke brilliantly . They struggled to keep the momentum up at the beginning of the second half and gave away the penalty.

During the game against FC Steaua București, and yesterday against Stoke, you could really see Pep Guardiola’s philosophy start to appear in the City players’ game. The quality of the play at times yesterday was unbelievable.

Raheem Sterling and Jon Stones especially have settled into the Pep Guardiola mindset. Both players were outstanding yesterday, you can see the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on the two young English players.

Manchester City next game is against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday night, however, I would expect them to rest players after their 5-0 win last week in the first leg. They will be getting ready for a tough test against a well-organised West Ham side next Sunday.

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