A battle of strength will take place in Liverpool on Sunday between the leaders of the English Premier League and champion Manchester City. At Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman’s job is on the line.
The season is still young. Only six rounds have been played in the Premier League so far and 32 rounds are still pending, yet this game is often seen in England as a way to position itself when it comes to deciding the favorites to win the title. Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday.
It’s a duel of giants, another tournament winner’s fight. The first-placed Reds and second-placed Sky Blue are all going through tough weeks. Manchester City have not lost in the league since the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at the start of the season, but suffered a setback during the week when they lost 2-0 in the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain, with Pep Guardiola’s side. In another gigantic duel she was pretty much in control. “We played a very good match,” said the coach. “Similar to Stamford Bridge.”
The well-known attacker’s talk
The match a week ago against leaders Chelsea is a tactical masterpiece for the Spaniard, thanks to the high pressure, his team barely gave any chances of winning 1-0. This intense running style is Guardiola’s favorite against the big teams. In this regard, it can be assumed that he will also try to disrupt the central defense in the match against Liverpool and thus achieve quick victories for the ball.
The defeat to PSG revived an old debate, which is whether the Nationals will need a classic midfield in the style of Harry Kane or Erling Haaland to survive against the European elite, or whether with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus up front. Line enough door risk can be generated. Opinions are divided.
Meanwhile, Liverpool celebrated their undisputed 5-1 victory over Porto in the first division. But in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side revealed weaknesses on the defensive side. Against the rookie Brentford, the Reds had to conceded three goals a week ago and were vulnerable to long balls up front. Liverpool is also a strong pressure. It will be interesting to see what tactics the two coaches came up with and whether one surprised the other with a sudden change.
On the Liverpool side, veteran James Milner is likely to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right defensive side. Guardiola will likely trust Foden again as the leader of his pressure squad after Raheem Sterling last played the role.
Destiny Coman game
There is also a great game in Spain, or at least a game it was meant to be called in previous years. Champions Atletico Madrid will host FC Barcelona on Saturday. The Catalan team is five points behind leaders Real Madrid, but what preoccupies Barcelona the most is their appearance in the Champions League.
After two days of matches, the former dominator of European football is still without points. In the media, coach Ronald Koeman has long been counted. The match is widely seen as the Dutchman’s last chance, who may no longer be allowed to ease the difficult turmoil of the post-Lionel Messi era.