SOURCE: MY OPINION
Manchester City will be seeking to get their championship bid back on track this weekend when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face an unbeaten Chelsea team after last week's disappointing goalless draw with Southampton.
Pep Guardiola's team will face a Chelsea team that has scored 12 goals in just five league games this season, and their prospects of returning home with any points may rest on how effectively they contain a Romelu Lukaku-led Chelsea onslaught.
In this article, we will look at four tactical methods that could assist Manchester City reduce the impact of Lukaku and the Chelsea attack.
1. Use a formation that necessitates three defenders at the back.
Manchester City always plays with a back four, but Guardiola should consider altering to a back-three against Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.
This will allow them to match Chelsea man for man in every position while still maintaining the desired shape.
Having an additional defender on the field might help restrict the impact of a strong Chelsea onslaught.
2. Man-mark Lukaku
Another strategy that could assist Manchester City in stopping Chelsea's attack is to man-mark Lukaku.
Due to his terrible first touch and limited dribbling ability, the Belgian attacker constantly appears to struggle when a defender stays near to him.
Guardiola will be able to keep one of his centre-backs near to Lukaku if he uses the back-three configuration outlined above. This will help to reduce his total impact on the game.
3. The application of tactical fouls against Lukaku
The Manchester City team is known for using tactical fouls to thwart dangerous-looking attacks, and they may need to do so against Lukaku whenever he has the ball.
When he plays with his back to the goal, the 28-year-old Belgian striker is difficult to defend against. As a result, fouling him as soon as possible and away from the penalty box is the best approach to prevent him from finding a teammate with a risky ball.
4. Prevent Lukaku from distributing the ball to other Chelsea attackers
Chelsea's current attacking strategy entails employing Lukaku as the main center of their assault, with the other attacking players moving around to collect passes from him.
The Tottenham game shown that Lukaku can still have an impact on a game even if he is not scoring, and one way he accomplishes this is by finding his teammates with dangerous passes.
Pep Guardiola will have to devise a strategy to prevent Lukaku from moving the ball to his teammate, limiting his potential to generate chances.
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SOURCE: MY OPINION
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