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[OPINION] Pep Guardiola is destroying his famous free-flowing football by playing Sterling as a false nine

Manchester City dropped 2 points in their English Premier match against Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Apart from enduring a very poor performance, Manchester City looked like a team that was never going to score a goal even if the game was allowed to go on for 120 minutes.

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Pep Guardiola went into the game with Gabriel Jesus who is a natural striker, however, instead of playing Gabriel Jesus as the main striker, Guardiola decided to play Sterling as the main striker in the match. Pep Guardiola's decision to start Sterling as a false-nine led to Manchester City playing like a confused team.

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As expected, Manchester City had the majority of the ball possession but they failed to create enough chances. Manchester City failed to get any shot on target and Sterling lacked the ability to impose himself as the main striker in the match.

For the first time in many years, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City looked ordinary and their famous free-flowing football was not visible. From all indications, Sterling is not suited to play as the main striker in Manchester City. Pep Guardiola would do himself a lot of good if he starts playing Gabriel Jesus as the main striker in his team.

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One of the main reasons why Millions of football fans loves Manchester City under Pep Guardiola is because of the type of lovely football his team plays. However, playing a left-winger as a striker has proved to be detrimental to Manchester City's style of play.

Pep Guardiola should go back to his old formation where he plays Gundogan as a false-nine. Sterling plays better when he comes in from the left-wing. Sterling lacks the physical attribute which is required for him to play as a striker. Sterling is also not clinical enough to score a goal for Manchester City when it is needed the most.

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