FT: Manchester City 3-1 Sevilla
So, in the end, the solid Sevilla start wasn’t enough to see them pick up points at the Etihad. Silly losses of possession at the back are a risk factor when you play the way Sampaoli wants and a team like Manchester City are always going to know how to pick you off.
Kevin De Bruyne’s substitute was the turning point in a game that had just started to flow in City’s favour and in the end, it was a beautiful day for Guardiola’s side. Julián Álvarez was the subject of conversation in the days building up to the game given Haaland’s absence and I think he definitely quietened the naysayers.
Strong performances also for the young players, especially Rico Lewis, who will be having a sleepless night as he relives over and over again his first goal for the club.
Definitely some green shoots for Sevilla and Sampaoli must be pleased with how his team created danger, especially in the first half. The Derbi is up next for them on Sunday, so all focus must now switch to that.
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