Pep Guardiola’s latest trick offers pointers for Barcelona’s Etihad visit | Michael Cox

Manchester City’s heavy pressing and transient defensive shape shut off supply line to Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar until Claudio Bravo’s sending-off

Manchester City’s team selection this season has essentially become a game of ‘What will Pep Guardiola think of next?’ and few could have predicted his major decision here – leaving out Sergio Agüero, with Kevin De Bruyne fielded in a centre?forward role.

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