Lehmann who works as a pundit for Germany’s Sky television, was thoroughly pleased to see City knocked out of the Champions League despite winning 2-0 against group winners Bayern, as Napoli nudged ahead of them with a tidy victory of their own to send themselves into the knockout stages of the top European tournament.
Man City play very, very boring football. They just make their opponents fall asleep with lots of possession.
But to be honest, that is not tactically very demanding. The way they play here is the way any amateur team plays, only not on such good grass.
They just pack men behind the ball, have five against two and just move the ball around. The goal then just comes from a fortunate circumstance.
There was no life in the stadium, it was dead. The fans are so quiet. You have got to say, though, that they have not got anything really to get excited about here. They had possession all of the time, albeit in their own half where nothing was happening.
It is a shame because it is not typical English football. Napoli have heart and passion and I liked them. It is good that they have gone through. We don’t want to see Manchester City in the Champions League.
Although it brings me great pleasure to hear people bag Manchester City, you can hardly call them boring after scoring an impressive 48 goals in 14 matches without a loss in the League. Nevertheless, their brand of football is yet to have it’s unique style yet, with such a makeshift and unstable side it will take them a few years to develop this.
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Arsenal on the other hand do play a much more exciting, passing and attacking style and dominate in possession with finesse. The Gunners have added a more physical side to their game that they have lacked in recent years which has been more noticeable when playing sides like Stoke City and Fulham. This blend of attacking flare, pace and combativeness will deliver some sort of silverware this season. No more boring, boring Arsenal eh?