Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has outlined why groups discover it so onerous to breach Manchester City’s defence.
The champions have conceded simply 18 occasions in the 30 Premier League video games they have performed thus far, two fewer than second-best Liverpool. City additionally managed to defeat a defensively resilient Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on the Etihad on Tuesday night.
The guests did not muster a shot at aim all through the 90 minutes with City throttling the attacking ventures the opposition made. Earlier than the match, Wenger hailed their defensive efforts all through the season, and defined why they’re so astute in the primary third of the pitch.
Talking on beIN Sports activities, he mentioned: “When you look at the way they play, they have a consistency and they are defensively very strong. They concede less goals than everybody else because they defend from the front.
“And the fact that they have no real central striker, they win the ball back earlier than any other team in the Premier League.” The previous Gunners boss praised Pep Guardiola for formulating such a sturdy backline, which on Tuesday was with out Ruben Dias (hamstring damage) and Kyle Walker (suspension), with Nathan Ake being requested to play left-back.
Wenger added: “I think overall, he (Guardiola) has good stability in his team. Maybe in the (Champions League) final last year he wanted too much to dictate the game and destabilised the balance in his team. But overall I think it’s a team with great stability.”
City conceded ten objectives in the Champions League group levels however are but to let one in in the course of the three knock-out ties they have performed thus far after protecting clear sheets in each legs in opposition to Sporting Lisbon.