Pep Guardiola billed Jack Grealish as a giant participant for the massive event as he gave the £100million man his first motion of 2022 in a repeat of the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Chelsea.
However the Premier League’s costliest participant continues to wrestle residing as much as the hype and Saturday’s efficiency was a microcosm of his first season at The Etihad – passable however nothing particular. He’s actually not the explanation Pep Guardiola’s males stand 13 factors clear on the high of the desk.
For probably the most half, Grealish was snuffed out by Chelsea’s man-mountain Antonio Rudiger and fluffed his large second after 40 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne’s interception bounced kindly into his path contained in the penalty space.
Jack Grealish gave solely an peculiar efficiency in Manchester Metropolis’s win over Chelsea
The £100m man had an awesome likelihood to interrupt the impasse however fluffed his large alternative
Grealish opened up his physique and tried to sidefoot previous Kepa Arrizabalaga however the angle wasn’t right and Chelsea’s goalkeeper was capable of divert for a nook together with his outstretched left leg.
It left Grealish’s purpose report at Metropolis standing at three in 21 matches, merely not adequate for somebody who was the darling of England followers on the Euros final summer season.
Certainly, his three strikes have come in opposition to Norwich, Leipzig and Leeds, matches that Metropolis gained by an combination rating of 18-3.
There have been a number of off-field points for Grealish all through his profession together with at Metropolis the place he and Phil Foden went out and received a reprimand from Pep Guardiola.
The 26-year-old should have felt aid at beginning an necessary match between first and second and he, Foden and Bernardo Silva chatted with one another earlier than the groups lined up, Grealish placing an arm on Foden’s shoulder as an older brother would.
This time it was Foden used as Guardiola’s false 9 with Grealish large left in a 4-3-3 – his favoured place.
Grealish performed in his favoured place in opposition to Metropolis – large left in a 4-3-3 formation
His downside was the imposing determine of Rudiger often coming throughout to assist wing-back Cesar Azpilicueta to thwart hazard.
Guardiola would have loved Grealish’s work charge, significantly when he chased and compelled Kepa besides the ball in opposition to Azpilicueta for a nook. However Metropolis paid the massive bucks for magic on the ball and it isn’t fairly taking place.
Too usually, he performed a easy cross inside, missing the braveness to tackle Rudiger one-against-one.
Metropolis’s tactic was for Joao Cancelo to hit the ball down the left channel hoping for Grealish to get in behind the Chelsea again line however Kepa usually nullified the menace as sweeper-keeper and Grealish didn’t have the uncooked tempo to succeed in the ball first.
When he thought he was about to move in Raheem Sterling’s cross, Azpilicueta cleared together with his personal flick of the neck.
Grealish has solely three objectives in 21 video games for Metropolis, scoring in what have been straightforward wins for his facet
Pep Guardiola, who billed Grealish as a giant participant the massive event, anguishes over the miss
Scoring the opening purpose would have made an enormous distinction to Grealish’s confidence however he did not capitalise when Mateo Kovacic misplaced the ball to De Bruyne and Grealish solely the goalkeeper to beat from 12 yards
He did reply to the miss creditably and on the finish of half with a trademark wriggle contained in the field earlier than organising Kevin De Bruyne. Sadly, the Belgian blazed over.
Within the second interval, Grealish was capable of isolate Azpilicueta extra usually. He received to the byline on one event however there was no Metropolis striker to satisfy his cross as Sergio Aguero would have achieved.
Guardiola would have appreciated his willingness to maintain going and on the ball he was ready to attract free-kicks, two fouls by Rudiger and Azpilicueta in fast succession giving De Bruyne an awesome free-kick alternative.
Kevin de Bruyne scored the one purpose of the sport, his strike coming from Grealish’s left facet
It summed up Grealish’s time at The Etihad that the profitable purpose was scored on his left facet – however he had nothing to do with it. Cancelo performed in De Bruyne and the Belgian confirmed Grealish easy methods to ship finish product, curling a magnificence previous Kepa.
Grealish can have been happy to remain on for the total 90 minutes – shifting extra centrally after Foden had been substituted – however the pleasure that greeted his arrival at The Etihad hasn’t but been fulfilled.
It does take some gamers time to seek out their toes beneath the Guardiola regime – Riyad Mahrez is a major instance. However whereas Grealish is the costliest participant within the Metropolis squad, he’s not the game-changer but
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