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Play Right to Expose Left

Man City won 4-1, and Liverpool were certainly hamstrung with the players available for selection, but City capitalized. How? notes that City preferred to attack down the left. How did they get out there?


Cancelo has been an outstanding addition to the City line-up. The ball often finds him as City look to build. In this instance, Rodri played wide to Cancelo after a transition.

Most defenders will look long here due to being isolated and under pressure.


Having gotten a little lucky with the skill to beat Thiago, Bernardo checks in as Jones drops away. The resulting 2v2 begins to favor City and their preferred style of play.


The ball finds Bernardo. The touch from Bernardo attracts the attention of Salah, Thiago, and Firmino. It free's up Cancelo and also the center of the field.