Using the new signing in an unfamiliar role is just the latest example of Pep Guardiola’s tactical curveballs.
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Pep Guardiola is never one to shy away from throwing a tactical curveball.
In fact, the Catalan coach has earned himself a reputation for it over the years, especially when it comes to big European games, and so while the sight of Ferran Torres as Manchester City’s centre forward for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Marseille was unfamiliar, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.
City are, after all, in the midst of an injury crisis when it comes to their current striking options. Gabriel Jesus is expected to be out of action for at least two more weeks, while Sergio Aguero is set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up a muscular injury having only just returned from the knee operation he had in June.
In Torres, though, Guardiola saw a suitable option through the middle, flanking the summer signing with Phil Foden on one side and Raheem Sterling on the other. The system worked as Manchester City claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory which saw them break down Marseille’s low defensive block.
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