Goalless At Etihad? Toothless City Need A Centre Forward

OLOYE OLAWALE

A typical Citizen fan would have expected Guardiola’s Men to open the floodgate on Saturday afternoon, in continuation of their harvest of goals vs RB Leipzig in UEFA champions league in the midweek.

Prior to their clash against the German club, City scored 11 goals by 11 different players, which confirmed Guardiola’s stance, that his team operate as an attacking unit in battle, with no identified danger man.

Without an Aguero-like striker on the night, City still recorded a 6 – 3 win in the UCL 2021/2022 opener to submerge the attacking threat of RB Leipzig.

However, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton would pose a fiercer threat tactically at Etihad in the fifth match of the EPL season, as they staved off Pep’s attacking threat through out the duration.

City had little to do at the back, except on rare occasions, when they were caught off guard, one of which nearly led to a penalty, owing to a Kyle Walker’s tackle.

Joao Cancelo who played from right full-back in UCL, displayed his versatility on the left full-back position, while Walker occupied his preferred right, leaving Nathan Ake to partner Ruben Dias in the heart of the defence.

Ilkay Gundogan, Benardo Silva, and Fernandinho marshalled the Midfield, meaning the trio of Jesus, Grealish, and Sterling led the attack against the visiting Saints.

But, City lacked their trademark attacking fluidity. Perhaps, a fatigue of the energy demanding victory in the midweek wasn’t unexpected, which was evident in every of their attacking move of the day.

The homers were bereft of required energies to prob a well disciplined defence of the visitors, as they caved in on every occasion they tried to up the tempo of the game.

And on a day like this, a proven goal poacher like Kane could have unleashed his attacking guile and gusto on the opposing defence to squeeze out a win.

Absence of a focal point in City’s attack made the likes of Walker-Peters, Romeu, Salisu, and Bednarek to get a better side of City’s attacking questions of the day. Every marauding run of City’s attacking trio was either thwarted, outside the box with a foul, or had to be reset as a result of Southampton’s defensive strength.

Introduction of De-Bruyne and Foden made some differences, but the finishing touch in the final third still eluded Guardiola’s guys.

Goaless draw it ended. Meaning City have 10 points out of a possible 15, a call for pragmatic approach on the part of Guardiola in the coming weeks when the going gets tougher and tougher.

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