Unai Emery Reveals Why He Didn’t Start Bernd Leno Today

Unai Emery Reveals Why He Didn’t Start Bernd Leno Today

Bernardo Silva emphatically crashed City's second into the top corner in the 64th minute after his team came through some nervy moments early in the second half. The match starts at 23:00 on 12 August 2018.

And Unai Emery will be relieved he doesn't have to come up against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City every week.

Starting off the season for both teams, it was a hard fixture, with both of the teams missing many of there regular players.

Sterling has two years left to run on the five-year deal signed when he moved to City from Liverpool in July 2015. The French full-back claimed an assist for Silva's goal but Guardiola says he has a lot to improve.

Even so he racked up two assists (even if Sterling and Bernardo Silva did the legwork with the finishes) and just as importantly he showed how risky he and City can become when he is fully fit and familiar with the role.

And that's exactly why it is so widely expected that Guardiola's men will once again pip everyone else to the Premier League title. In this first matchday, fans will be treated to the league's first titanic clash of the year as Arsenal hosts Manchester City from the Emirates.

It was clear at the Emirates Stadium that Arsenal's players were trying to stick to Emery's philosophy of pressing high and playing out from the back.

It was a game that showed Arsenal are very much a work in progress under Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger this summer, but Emery was confident they are heading in the right direction. In turn, the full-backs were more aggressive than last season, with Kyle Walker overlapping regularly.

"By that thinking, last season we wouldn't have won the Premier League because Chelsea won the year before".

Mendy found himself in that position in the build-up to the opening goal, which enabled Sterling to take on Hector Bellerin in a one-against-one battle.

It was not the most vintage City performance, but a 2-0 win, with David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané all not starting, is nothing to scoff about.

"Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves".

Guardiola has suggested City can become even better this season, and on this evidence, it's hard to disagree. When you play against a team with such quality and the confidence of being champions from the last season it was always going to be hard.



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