Pep Going ‘Defensive’ Equals More ‘Offensive’:
With the score finely balanced at 2-1 and Spurs getting a foot-hold, Pep had to make a decision. Initially looking a defensive move, he brought off a speedy winger for a central defender. However, what that allowed City to do was play with a back three, and pushing the wing backs further up.
This pushed Trippier and Sanchez back, while Raheem Sterling moved across to almost a second striker. It kept the width City benefit from, along with the congestion of the midfield. When the third goal went in, you couldn’t see a way back for Spurs.
Harry Kane was quiet, and Spurs were limited to just three shots on target, despite enjoying 48% of possession. Maybe at that point, Spurs had their minds on the FA Cup Semi Final.