Martinez: Variety giving Man City the upper hand

4 Mar 2019

Belgium coach says Pep Guardiola has greater options than Jurgen Klopp when seeking goals in title race

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Manchester City have the advantage in the race for the Premier League title, says Roberto Martinez, because they have more attacking options.

After Man City beat AFC Bournemouth 1-0 on Saturday and then Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by his former team Everton on Sunday, Martinez says Pep Guardiola has more to choose from in his team, while Jurgen Klopp is too reliant on the performances of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The top two

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool LIV 38 +67 97
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"City and Liverpool now are at a moment that is about themselves," Martinez, the Belgium coach, said.

"When you look at Manchester City they have so many different options.

"You feel that if Everton or any other team makes things difficult, like AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, they control the game and leave the opposition with no shots on target and they take that chance to win the match.

"Liverpool have been exceptional with their front three, but with the level of scrutiny now with all games being prepared down to detail, it seems that everyone prepares for that front three. If you stop Salah or Salah has an off day, Liverpool find it very difficult to score that first goal.

"So you feel that Liverpool need to find another avenue to become unpredictable and that Manchester City are ahead in that respect."

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