City’s big picture: scoring seven past Stoke, or conceding two?

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 5:21 pm
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Manchester City were awesome in smashing Stoke City 7-2, but did conceding two loose goals expose frailties that better sides can plunder?

Saturday’s devastating attacking masterclass was not a one-off. It was City’s third successive home game of scoring five goals or more and they have already demolished Watford away 6-0 too.

The speed and incision of City’s passing and movement was far too much for Stoke to handle and Darren Fletcher was once again exposed for being way off the pace.

It would be easy for observations on City to be purely eulogistic, but their concession of two goals offered a soft underbelly that better sides will target.

Plundering goals makes football look easy, but you learn more about yourself when you are tested. Are City strong enough defensively? Do they concentrate more when they attack, than when they defend?

City are destroying teams because they are committing numbers forward. They are scoring well because they have fine attackers and, currently, their luck is in. Everything is working out nicely.

But City should comfortably have stopped both Stoke goals. Better sides will block their attacks and look to counter quickly to get in behind City, to expose flaws in their defence.

City won their first six league games last season and didn’t land the title. Their defence will need to do their attack justice this season, if they are to last the course better this time.

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