Regardless of a gritty win over Newcastle and 6 factors out of six, Manchester Metropolis’s numbers do not add up, with Pep Guardiola needing a much bigger squad
- Manchester Metropolis overcame Newcastle however want extra choices of their squad
- Pep Guardiola elected to not make a substitution throughout win towards Newcastle
Sitting on the tarmac of Manchester Airport’s non-public terminal final month, the Treble winners suffered a false begin to their defence of all that silverware.
Pep Guardiola’s squad had been off to Japan on the primary leg of their pre-season tour however discovered themselves caught for 2 hours. The chartered aircraft was too heavy and the format wanted reconfiguring earlier than they may take off, some gamers transferring to the again and balancing the load.
The heft of the three additional trophies that had been travelling to Asia may not have helped: a glistening Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. But Metropolis are nonetheless mild by way of numbers.
Rodri was lifeless on his toes by the tip of the win over Newcastle; so had been a couple of others. The holding midfielder has already prompt he can’t undergo one other marketing campaign with none relaxation, and has advised his supervisor as a lot.
There was no likelihood of any relaxation on Saturday evening, three days after beating Sevilla on penalties in Athens. Guardiola didn’t look to his bench, which comprised a goalkeeper, Nathan Ake, Kalvin Phillips and 6 youngsters.
Regardless of Manchester Metropolis’s win over Newcastle, Pep Guardiola is in want of extra choices
Aymeric Laporte is about to finish a transfer to Al-Nassr, lowering Metropolis’s choices additional
That no substitutions had been made is comprehensible, and in line with Guardiola’s administration. He doesn’t like throwing anyone right into a sport that’s changing into stretched and tense, fearing they might fail to choose up the tempo. When one fan begged for a change late on, the Catalan retorted that possibly he ought to sit within the dugout and check out it himself. All people laughed however this sport was on a knife edge for some time.
Manchester Metropolis (2-3-4-1): Ederson 7; Dias 8, Gvardiol 8; Akanji 6.5, Rodri 7, Kovacic 7.5; Walker 7, Foden 8.5, Alvarez 7.5, Grealish 7; Haaland 6.5.
Supervisor: Pep Guardiola 7
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Pope 6.5; Trippier 7, Schar 7.5, Botman 7, Burn 5.5; Tonali 6.5 (Anderson 66min, 6.5), Guimaraes 7, Joelinton 6.5 (Longstaff 56, 6); Almiron 6 (Livramento 86), Isak 6.5 (Wilson 66, 6), Gordon 6.5 (Barnes 56, 7).
Booked: Tonali, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Gordon, Barnes.
Supervisor: Eddie Howe 7
Referee: Robert Jones 6.5.
No bench was no downside on the second night of a 3rd straight league title defence. A job properly achieved. However the points don’t come up now, they arrive in October or November when the European video games, cup video games, worldwide video games all pile up.
After which the accidents. For the time being Metropolis have three — Kevin De Bruyne is long-term, with John Stones and Bernardo Silva lacking, too — and that nearly noticed Scott Carson named as a second keeper among the many substitutes. There may be discuss that one teen in Saturday’s squad, Maximo Perrone, is heading out on mortgage. Aymeric Laporte is predicted to journey to Saudi Arabia at present to finish a £23.5million transfer to Al Nassr, whereas Barcelona want to land Joao Cancelo.
Stones will probably be again subsequent month, Silva ought to return subsequent week however Guardiola wants extra gamers. The betting fiasco round key goal Lucas Paqueta has not helped. Metropolis are admirers of Dani Olmo at RB Leipzig and Belgian winger Jeremy Doku is a goal. However Olmo mentioned on Sunday: ‘I’m absolutely centered on the duty in Leipzig. Manchester Metropolis are an enormous membership however I’m blissful right here.’
On this window, Metropolis have gone from wanting some icing on the cake to being in critical want of extra senior gamers. Guardiola maintained they won’t grow to be determined however in the identical breath was speaking about ‘extra our bodies’ — uncommon vocabulary for him.
‘The membership must take some necessary selections with the squad,’ he mentioned. ‘We didn’t count on it with Kevin and we didn’t count on it with Riyad (Mahrez).’
Mahrez was sorting a £30m transfer to Al Ahli as Metropolis remained stationary on the runway. Their pursuit of a alternative has not acquired off the bottom both. Guardiola rifled off the names of 5 gamers who can function centrally and vast — man of the match Phil Foden being one.
‘It’s extra a query of numbers,’ he mentioned. ‘Perhaps we’re a bit quick. I’ve the sensation now that we’re falling down, lots of small accidents. It’s due to the schedule. We’ve got to be trustworthy: Istanbul seems like yesterday and we’re right here already.’
Midfielder Rodri was exhausted by the tip of Manchester Metropolis’s sport towards Newcastle
Guardiola admitted he did not count on the departure of Riyad Mahrez, who has joined Al-Ahli