Manchester City have continued to operate in the 4-3-3 system that brought them so much success over the past few seasons, which continues to operate very little like a 4-3-3 in practice. Guardiola’s system is not only highly functional but also highly fluid, allowing for much in the way of positional rotation and well…fluidity.
While Pep might be one of the most innovative coaches to ever grace the game, some things always stay the same. As already mentioned, Pep’s tactics always involve a high degree of positional rotation and fluidity, which manifests as a direct result of positional play.
Manchester City’s build-up is truly one of the best in the world. They rarely ever make mistakes out from the back, and their movements are coordinated and timed to perfection, constantly opening up space for other players.
Manchester City press diligently in the wide areas, with a high degree of intensity. They don’t allow their opposition any room to breathe, and opposition teams are often forced to go long, or out of bounds due to the pressure.