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PAULPAUL    2,329 posts
The English Premier League kicked off last night with Manchester United beating Leicester City 2-1.
Tonight on SBS is Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspurs at 7:30 (WST).

MATCHDAY 1
Last night
Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City
Tonight
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspurs
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton v Everton
Tomorrow
Southampton v Burnley
Liverpool v West Ham
Arsenal v Manchester City
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  • (August 20 03:11AM )
    TiversTivers    6,607 posts
    edited 5:12AM

    How do you stop a team like Manchester City? That was a question posed to the 19 other Premier League clubs last season, with many opting for the tactic of 'parking the bus'.

    City usually managed to find a way through, but sometimes not until very late on - winning goals against Huddersfield, Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham last term did not come until after the 80th minute.

    That has perhaps prompted Guardiola to find an alternative tactic to deal with defensive sides, as BBC Radio 5 live pundit Leon Osman observed during Sunday's game.

    "Pep Guardiola has made a number of changes and left out Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker," said the former Everton midfielder.

    "He's taken out all the guys with pace and got his footballers on. Guys with quick feet that can operate in small spaces."

    The result was Huddersfield could barely get the ball off their hosts as City skilfully crafted opportunities from the limited space they had.

    Even at 6-1, City did not ease up their attacking intent. In truth, Huddersfield can consider themselves fortunate that a repeat of the 10-1 defeat they suffered at City 31 years ago did not materialise.

    Guardiola will surely have been happy with what he saw. Usually so tense on the touchline, he was seen sharing a joke with coach Mikel Arteta towards the end of the game.

    His side now have a couple of ways they can successfully approach a game - an ominous sign for the rest of the Premier League.

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