Of the teams that City have beaten this season, Brentford has played as well as anyone without the ball and can consider themselves unfortunate not to come out with a point. Despite having to defend for large portions of the game, they engineered almost the same amount of chances as the league leaders. Pep Guardiola’s charges have weaknesses in defending against a quick counter attacking team. The Bees have quick players like Onyeka who caused the Cityzens one or two problems. Check out how deep the back four of City are when Dias nearly put the ball into his own net. Ederson is one of the best keepers in staying focused despite not being called into action a lot in games.
As usual City always find a way to goal. Phil Foden with the only goal of the game after 16 minutes. They overload the defense so much to force the defensive error. They interchange roles with Cancelo sometimes operating in an advanced midfield role, Foden dropping deep so forth so forth, Bernardo Silva same thing. Dutch total soccer that Pep no doubt learnt from Cruyff. The goal had a heavy hint of offside but the three dimensional VAR lines said onside. Fine finish first time past Fernandez. The fact that City were caught so many times offside is testament to a well drilled Brentford defense, able to hold a line together. This is City’s tenth straight win in the Premier League. With their rivals dropping points, they look unstoppable with the gap now 8 points from second placed Chelsea.