Wednesday, October 27, 2021

TORR BLIMEY Man City strike with Ferran Torres misses SIX WEEKS including United Derby with injury as Guardiola’s striker problems worsen

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FERRAN TORRES will miss the next SIX WEEKS for Manchester City after suffering an injury while playing for Spain.

Torres started the Nations League final against France but was sent off for Mikel Merino minutes after Kylian Mbappe’s goal.

The small fracture in his right foot could make Torres miss NINE Games for Man City, including the crunch derby game against Manchester United.

Torres could also miss Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League trip to Etihad in late November.

City lost their first group game to PSG 2-0, with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club.

Boss Pep Guardiola will be far from satisfied as he is now another man in the forwards department.

City let club legend Sergio Agüero go on a free transfer at the end of last season, leaving only Gabriel Jesus as the club’s only recognized striker.

But despite having Jesus available, Guardiola has chosen to play a false nine in all of Man City’s games this season.

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Torres, Sterling and even Grealish played through the middle while Jesus operated wide.

Despite missing out on Harry Kane in the summer, Guardiola is a firm believer in the wrong nine tactics – one that served him well when he had Messi at Barcelona.

Guardiola explained to BT Sport’s tactical strengths: “It is important that the center-backs, whoever is playing, go 10 meters to pick them up.

“A bit for this fact (also) to pass the ball, you have to have the people closer.

“I always think that when the passes are from a distance, 15-20 meters, it is so easy for defenders to hold midfielders, when the pass is from two to three meters, it is more difficult.”

Guardiola’s tactical setups pride themselves on dominating possession, which the wrong nine allow.

He continued, “I love to play the ball, I love to take the ball, I love to pass the ball, I love it.

“I don’t know, I was born in that culture and I like it. You have to have a lot of players (close together) to do that.”

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