Coach Pep Guardiola revealed his affection for Rico Luis.
Manchester City won 3-1 over Leipzig in the second match of Group G of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) held at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany at 4 a.m. on the 5th (Korean time). reaped As a result, Man City moved up to first place in the group (2 wins).
Manchester City, whose league winning streak was broken by a blow in the Premier League (PL) match against Wolverhampton held over the weekend, came up with a position-breaking tactic against Leipzig. The formation was 3-2-4-1, but the players’ positions constantly changed during the game. Center back Manuel Akanji formed the midfield along with Rodri, and right back Kyle Walker formed the back three along with Yosuko Gvardiol and Ruben Dias.
Lewis’s forward deployment also stood out. Lewis, born in 2004, is called the greatest talent produced by Manchester City Youth. His soccer intelligence was known to be world-famous. Even at a young age, he can play many positions, and he was able to survive in the first team by playing the role that coach Guardiola wanted wherever he played. Coach Guardiola always praised him, so he was called ‘Pep’s son’.
Lewis played between center and right. When Silva was on the right and came to the center, Luis was left out. His touch was disappointing in the beginning, but he gradually regained stability and showed an overwhelmingly excellent ability to penetrate space, adding perfection to coach Guardiola’s position destruction tactics. It was Lewis who provided the assist to Phil Foden’s goal in the 25th minute of the first half.스포츠토토
After that, Man City struggled. Royce Offenda equalized and Erling Haaland remained silent, keeping the score at 1-1. Coach Guardiola left out Jack Grealish and Akanji, but kept Lewis in. After Jeremy Doku came in, Lewis moved down to midfield and led the build-up with Rodri. Substitute Julián Alvarez scored an additional goal and Doku scored a key goal, giving Manchester City a 3-1 win.
Soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ gave Lewis a high rating, following Foden (8.5 points). It was 7.8 points. On this day, Lewis had a pass success rate of 94% (47 attempts, 44 successes), 5 key passes, a 100% long pass success rate (2 attempts, 2 successes), and a 100% ground duel win rate (5 attempts, 5 successes). ), 2 fouls, and 3 tackles, showing his liveliness.
After the game, Guardiola said, “Luis is an amazing and outstanding player. I would say he is the best 18-year-old I have ever coached. He is 18 years old, but he has great character, can play in 4-5 positions, is not scary, and has excellent defensive skills. Really. “He is a fantastic player,” he praised. He said, “I’ve been coaching him since he was 15, and he’s been great since then. He knows how to move and how to get into space. He’s a really cool player.”