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Danny Higginbotham: Pep Guardiola is making Manchester City stars into better players with merry-go-round approach to their positions

 

Etihad boss has a history of moving players to new positions – Javier Mascherano at Barcelona, Philipp Lahm at Bayern

When centre-back John Stones went off, the manager moved Kyle Walker to the middle, made Danilo swap to right-back and bought on Fabian Delph to play left-back!

Pep Guardiola gives the thumbs-up to his City stars as they thump Palace

Pep Guardiola gives the thumbs-up to his City stars as they thump Palace

Kyle Walker ended up playing in the middle of the pitch against Palace

Kyle Walker ended up playing in the middle of the pitch against Palace

That shows me that Guardiola wants to challenge his players to think about other roles and wants to make them comfortable across the park.

And they looked good too which suggests they do it in training.

Guardiola has a history of moving players to new positions – Javier Mascherano at Barcelona, Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich for example.

Could we see that at the Etihad? I wouldn’t bet against it.

Danilo got a chance to play at right-back against Palace

Danilo got a chance to play at right-back against Palace

Fabian Delph featured at left-back as City fired in five goals at home

Fabian Delph featured at left-back as City fired in five goals at home

Fabian Delph scores a great goal for Manchester City against Crystal Palace

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Huddersfield have kept a very impressive four clean sheets in their six league matches.

And it is down to being well drilled and working together as a unit.

David Wagner did his transfer business early in the window and is now reaping the rewards of having had time to work with his players.

But what they haven’t done is change their style or the core of the side and that is paying off – as it is for all three promoted sides in fact.

David Wagner did his business early to set up Huddersfield's solid league start

David Wagner did his business early to set up Huddersfield’s solid league start

Southampton are in terrible trouble in front of goal at home having failed to score in eight of nine games at St Mary’s going back to last season too.

What’s odd is they have changed manager yet the same problem persists.

The expectation is on you to make the running at home – so the new manager really needs to find the solution – and quickly.

Shane Long came into Saints' side but drew a blank against Man Utd

Shane Long came into Saints’ side but drew a blank against Man Utd

Fair play to Watford who have won all three of their away games this season adding the scalp of Swansea on Saturday.

It is a great effort. And the reason is because they are very good at changing defence into attack quickly.

Boss Marco Silva has been brilliant in a short space of time and has made his new signings gel.

The reaction to losing heavily against City was brilliant.

City are going to wallop teams so to move on and win at Swansea was a fine effort.

Marco Silva has quickly got Watford's new stars playing as a unit

Marco Silva has quickly got Watford’s new stars playing as a unit

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It’s fair to say things don’t look too good down at Selhurst Park. Six games, six losses, no goals is not pretty.

And they are about to lose key players too as they prepare for their next two fixtures – none other than Manchester United and Chelsea.

Christian Benteke has picked up a knock and we wait to see how bad that is plus Tim Fosu-Mensah can’t play against United as it’s his parent club and the same for goes for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the Chelsea match.

It could get worse before it gets better.

Christian Benteke's injury is a worry for Crystal Palace supporters

Christian Benteke’s injury is a worry for Crystal Palace supporters

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4536627/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-danny-higginbotham-column/

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