Citizens Last Chance
The cracks is showing again as a important tie against Los Blancos is looming large for the Blue Moon. Solutions will need to be provided in order to give City a reasonable chance of winning the competition that has eluded them thus far.
In the build to the game , the former Catalan coach identified the moments that would decide their FA Cup tie with the Gunners. Set pieces, concentration and throw-ins is what he predicted. Small details that could make the difference according to him. Yet it was not the case. On the contrary, it was the basic City fundamentals that were not in full flow as we know it.
Too often this season the Citizens have display their domination but have not won them. This is the issue that has plagued them this season, which ultimately derailed their title defence. Having said that, if you create plenty of chances in the manner that they do and don't give up many then you are definitely on the right track.
But it wasn't one of those games against Arsenal. This was much more similar to the league defeats of Wolves, Manchester United and to a lesser extent Norwich. Situations where City had the majority of the ball but did not do much with it, and cannot claim to be unlucky therefore.
Their vulnerabilities remains when they are in possession which then puts pressure on their positional work when they lose the ball. This then makes it difficult for them when the opposition counter attacks. The La Liga champions will definitely be rubbing their hands together in anticipation. A team firmly in form.
If they want to progress they need to go back to what has made them one of the most feared teams. Quicker transitions, speed of thought in possesion and a better positional reading of the game. Either way it will be one of the games to watch on August.