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Carragher & Neville Point Out The One Area You Can Get At Manchester City On MNF

Carragher & Neville Point Out The One Area You Can Get At Manchester City On MNF

If there is one thing that would give this season a bit of a kick up the arse, it's Manchester City dropping points early on. We got it on Saturday, with Spurs somehow managing to come away from The Etihad with a draw.

We came into this season thinking that nobody would stop them claiming a third consecutive Premier League, and while that may still be the case, it does offer some hope that we could have a competitive title race once again this season.

City were utterly dominant in that game, and you would imagine they win that game on 99 per cent of occasions. Spurs had two chances and buried them both, something that probably won't occur too many times over the course of a campaign.

So how will team get at Manchester City? According to Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, there is one area in their team that could be exploited.

While Spurs' first goal at the weekend was the first time City had conceded from open play since January 3oth, they can be got at from set pieces.

Speaking on Monday Night Football this evening, Carragher and Neville explained their weakness in this area.

Since the start of the 18/19 season, 24 per cent of the goals conceded by Manchester City have been from corners, the highest mark in the division.

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Carragher went on to show a number of example of City conceding from corners, all of which would come from attacking the near post. He explained:

That is definitely not some secret I've told people, Spurs were well aware of it and exploited it at the weekend. But that is the one area where they look like they do have an achilles heel.

This was something Neville agreed with.

City sometimes finish games with teams and you think 'they're all about 5ft8'. Their forward players are all around 5ft8, they haven't got big players. That's one of the issues they have, but they have such great technical players.

What I saw on Saturday was a team that had two chances in the game and took the two chances. If City are going to lose this league, there will have to be a lot more of that type of game...

They're small. That's why they push up with that stupid line on the free kicks. They push up 30 or 40 yards outside the box sometimes, and you've got a huge gap.

But they don't seem to concede from them, it's the corners when you're on top of the goalkeeper that's a problem.

Of course, the problem is even getting corners against Guardiola's side. They conceded on average 2.8 per game over the past few seasons, by far the fewest in the league. They keep the ball so well that teams rarely get deep enough into their half to win one.

But when they do, it appears that City can struggle. This is something to keep an eye on over the coming months.

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