NASHVILLE — Here’s what we schooled from Man City’s 3-0 win vs. Tottenham during Nissan Stadium in a International Champions Cup.
1. Man City get physical
Preseason can infrequently offer a fake clarity of a debate ahead, though Manchester City’s convincing win opposite Spurs in Nashville competence only have offering a glance during what lies forward for Mauricio Pochettino’s group this season. City were quicker than Spurs and some-more cruel in front of goal, though they also won a diversion by severe their opponents in a earthy sense.
To put it bluntly, City bullied Spurs, winning a diversion 3-0. Vincent Kompany, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho all clearly took it in turns to leave a complicated plea on Spurs players, and it was a uncover of force that was same to saying, “We’re a group of group opposite youngsters still anticipating their way.”
Spurs are a group of good talent, though their mental strength has been tested before, and they have been found wanting, many particularly when their Premier League pretension bid in 2015-16 finished in a inclement diversion opposite Chelsea during Stamford Bridge.
City threw their weight about in Nashville and — by winning so convincingly with goals from John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz — they will see a outcome and opening as an early psychological jar forward of a new season.
Spurs have given City problems in new seasons, so maybe a earthy component of City’s diversion was a warning of what they and others will do to Spurs in a entrance season.
2. Alli walks a tightrope
Dele Alli is a actor who can be drawn too simply into confrontation, and a Tottenham midfielder continued to travel a disciplinary tightrope in Nashville. For a vast part, a England general was on a wrong finish of some flattering clever hurdles by City players, with Kompany and Otamendi, in particular, targeting him.
It was surprising to see a group try to rile an competition in a preseason friendly, though Alli was positively a male City were perplexing to get into difficulty with arbitrate Fotis Bazakos.
Alli’s problem is that he is too disposed to conflict with a force or a written volley, and there was one occurrence in a second-half when he looked prepared to stamp on Walker following a former Spurs defender’s late plea on Christian Eriksen.
Alli pulled behind during a final minute, maybe intuiting that he could have red-carded had he followed through. Maybe that was a pointer of flourishing majority and experience, though a opposite evidence would be that he should never have deliberate it in a initial place.
Great actor that he positively is, Alli will continue to be targeted by opponents, so he has to learn how not to react, to equivocate himself alighting into difficulty on a pitch.
3. Walker impresses
Spurs trust they have finished good by banking £50 million with a sale of Kyle Walker to City, though Pep Guardiola’s group also demeanour to have benefited from a deal.
Mauricio Pochettino has Kieran Trippier as a processed replacement, with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters regarded as a some-more than means understudy. But while Spurs competence not skip a England right-back, City positively demeanour a most some-more convincing outfit with Walker down a right.
His gait and strength are dual apparent upgrades on his City predecessors, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, who were both past their sell-by dates final season.
Walker gives City genuine change on a right side and enables Guardiola to work a three-man counterclaim with a certainty that, with Walker powering adult and down a right, he has a male able of removing behind to do his defensive duties.
John Stones, named male of a compare by a sponsors, also looks most some-more gentle in a City counterclaim that has Walker in it, and that is another reason because a investment looks to be a correct one.
4. Guardiola hasn’t calmed down on a touchline
Guardiola appears to be removing increasingly charcterised on a touchline with each season. There are those who see it as a City manager’s power display through, while others courtesy it as a disastrous pointer of his micro-management.
His record suggests it is a former, though it was engaging to watch a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager during a 90 mins opposite Spurs; Guardiola did not rubbish an event to rivet in extensive tactical discussions with his players on a touchline and during splash breaks.
And when he was vocalization to Fernandinho after half an hour, Guardiola was fluttering his arms around in roughly manic conform as a Brazilian midfielder listened in. Otamendi and Stones were also on a receiving finish of Guardiola’s mid-game coaching, that was some-more like a schoolteacher dishing out a reprove rather than a totalled contention over position and shape.
Guardiola will wish that his power works in his favour, however, rather than it entrance off as rude to his players.
5. Spurs contingency whet up
Tottenham are notoriously delayed starters in a Premier League, and, with a opening diversion opposite Newcastle during St James’ Park only dual weeks away, Pochettino might demeanour during this opening and consternation either his group are prepared to strike a belligerent running.
Despite personification their third diversion of preseason, only like City, they were clearly second-best in all departments opposite Pep Guardiola’s men. Tottenham’s aggressive play was sluggish, and Harry Kane, whose disaster to measure in a early weeks of deteriorate has turn a theme, also struggled to make an impact.
Spurs have only one some-more accessible before a large kick-off — a Wembley strife opposite Juventus subsequent week — though they might need to fist another one in, maybe behind sealed doors, to trim off a severe edges.
Mark Ogden is a comparison football author for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_