Humbug wrote:We just can't compete with the Man City's midfield because they are stronger , more athletic and skilful . I know this is sacrilege but I'd just put 'stoppers' in midfield and go direct. Use Antonio , Fredericks down the wings and use Snodgrass and Anderson to double up with them and hit crosses into the box . Use AC to unsettle them in their penalty box and use either Arnie or Chico to try and feed off the knock-downs. Burnley do this very effectively although it failed against Newcastle yesterday (but worked against Spuds). Although I wish we could , we don't have the players who can outplay Man City using neat football.
I agree with your assessment of their midfield and us not being able to go toe to toe with them.
But I doubt we will see much of a change in Pellegrini's tactics. We've been hearing a lot this season about him trying to instil this 'big club mentality'.
Nor do I think we should change the tactics. Realistically Pell has been working with the team week in and week out since the summer trying to get them to play football. Even if we did go up there and park the bus they would probably find a way through just because we aren't really familiar with that style of play. The difference between us and Burnley is that they have been doing it for years under Dyche, we'd get at most a couple of days to practice.
If the likelyhood is that we lose either way, tonight is a free hit so we can afford to treat it as a learning experience. We may even ship a few more goals by trying to play expansively, but in the long run it might help us get to where we want to be faster.
Plus on top of that, there's been a lot made about how City have suffered without Fernandinho so it might actually not be the worst idea to play the likes of Nasri as they might get some joy in that area of the pitch.