Manchester City FC scouting report from 2015/16 season, before the Premier League game 20 against Watford. Manchester City is training by Manuel Pellegrini. His soccer philosophy is short pass and ball on the grass. Lover of the possession football and attack.
He has normally used the classic 1-4-4-2, but this years he has started to use 1-4-2-3-1 with the arrivals of Sterling and Bruyne. Although when the team defends, changes to 1-4-4-2.
Manchester City game model is 1-4-2-3-1 based on possession in the opponent half, leaving the flanks for the left/right backs, movement freedom from the attacking players, and with good attacking surveillance system to make pressure after ball loss from the players close to the active ball zone. Forcing to the opponent to the long ball, and allowing the defensive positioning in 1-4-4-2.
Manuel Pellegrini has been using 1-4-2-3-1 during all the season. Except in two games where he used 1-4-4-1-1(Arsenal), and 1-4-3-3(Borussia M.Gladbach).
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