Papers dissect Cardiff defeat
- 26 August 2013 09:26
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It may be August rather than April, but you can still find plenty of doom and gloom around this morning.
Following yesterday’s 3-2 loss against Cardiff, today’s City headlines focus on finding an explanation for an unexpected defeat in South Wales.
We begin with the Guardian’s Stuart James, who writes: “The fluidity and freedom that characterised their 4-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night was missing against a Cardiff side that worked tirelessly and got their tactics spot on.
“Mackay crowded the centre of the pitch with players when City had the ball, denying opponents that play narrow and with little natural width the chance to cut through them.”
He notes: “City struggled on their visits to promoted teams last year, drawing a blank at West Ham and losing to Southampton.
“But in the build-up to his first away game in England, manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted he would send his players out to do the same job they did against Newcastle at home - create chances and score goals.
“But Kompany's replacement, Javi Garcia, was under pressure inside the first 10 seconds, first heading away under pressure from Campbell then clearing Craig Bellamy's cross.
“That collective hunger was seen in the way Mackay’s players set about Manchester City with particularly outstanding contributions coming from Gunnarsson, who was tireless in midfield at disrupting and creating, from the line-leading, two-goal Campbell and from the tall sentries Steven Caulker and Ben Turner,” he reports.
“In truth, all of Mackay’s players deserve praise, and none left the field with shirts unstained by sweat. Craig Bellamy kept running. Gary Medel kept tackling and clearing.
“There was a tactical discipline about Mackay’s side, who defended deep which restricted Jesus Navas’ ability to get behind them. Cardiff kept showing Manuel Pellegrini’s wide players inside, into an ambush formed by Gunnarsson and Medel.”
It's definitely worth remembering that the season is only two games old, and there are sure to be plenty of twists and turns ahead!