Guardiola’s Manchester City emerged victorious from the duel against Arteta and Arsenal after scoring by Raheem Sterling.
MANCHESTER CITY – ARSENAL 1-0:
Manchester City defeated Arsenal in what was an intense managerial duel between Pep Guardiola and his former assistant Mikel Arteta.
Raheem Sterling won the match with his one goal, despite several great chances for both teams.
– Gets a little sweaty
In TV2’s Premier League studio, Brede Hangeland was excited about the tactical level of the two managers during the break during the break.
– There is such a tactically high level of what they do here that you get a little sweaty when you look at it, Hangeland said.
– It is football chess that I think was on a whole new level when it comes to two managers standing, and thinking, and watching, and using their farmers as best they can, he continued.
Simon Stone in BBC Sport was also clear that both teams posed with a slightly different tactic than what is possibly common for them.
– With the two managers, it was likely that you would see some unusual tactical moves this evening. So far, Willian has played central striker, Sterling as a deep, central midfielder. City alternate between four and three behind depending on whether they defend or attack, Stone said.
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Match Winner Sterling
After a relatively calm start to the match, it would be half a lap before the match’s first big opportunity, and scoring, was a fact. Riyadh Mahrez found Sergio Agüero with a perfect weighted pass, who played the ball out to Phil Foden, who tried. Bernd Leno saved the 20-year-old’s shot, but on the return Sterling appeared, who sent the light blues in the lead.
– It is the pass from Mahrez that opens up this match. It is a fantastic weighted pass to Sergio Agüero, said Sky Sports expert Gary Neville after the score.
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After the score, the match picture changed completely, and both teams had several good opportunities to put the match of the match before the break signal went.
First Mahrez got a good double chance, before Foden was played alone with Leno, but the German last chance stood brilliantly in the Arsenal cage. Then Bakuyo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were very close to equalizing for the away team with their respective chances, but Ederson who saved masterfully.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, they never got the equalizer, and thus Manchester City won the settlement 1-0.