Raheem Sterling was expected to take center stage with injured Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. However, after the West Ham draw, the manager had insisted that role # 9 was not ideal for Sterling either, and in Marseille he chose the 20-year-old Spaniard to lead the line.
Torres had hit from the bench in last week’s win over Porto after exchanging passes with Phil Foden but was an unused substitute at the London stadium. After Guardiola scored the first goal in the 3-0 Champions League win, he’s still not convinced that using Torres is the best position but praised him for his efforts.
“Ferran has settled in very well. He’s not a striker, I would like to congratulate him and thank him for making an effort to play in this position. He scored a goal, “he said.
“As a striker it’s not easy to play a 4-5-1 because there are a lot of players and no space. To be honest, it’s not easy. But we don’t have many options. We won’t do that until Gabriel and Sergio come back. ”Many have, so we have an alternative to play Ferran in this position. ”
With Torres in the middle, Phil Foden played with his left foot on the left and Sterling with his right foot on the right, meaning City was wider than usual.
That seemed to help the Marseille attack too, although Guardiola didn’t want to point out that it would be a key takeaway from their success against a deep defense with five opponents.
“It’s nice to say, but for the third goal Riyad played with his left foot on the right and his movement inside made room for Kevin so anyone can play anywhere,” he said.
“Of course you attack more on your foot on the line and maybe in a few moments you make the room higher and wider, but you can play both so it’s not a problem. Today we choose for many reasons, but I’ll give an example of that Riyadh on the right gives good support. Both can do it. ”
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