Even after beating Juventus and Bournemouth away there is a debate going on, and growing evidence, that Mourinho cannot build a team to compete against the new generation of coaches. ‘The modern football team is a coral reef, a synchronic and symbiotic organism….Attacking play is based on concerted movement out of possession, and slick, choreographed combination play in possession.
Despite coming off the bench in the 89th minute in the Manchester derby 18-year-old Phil Foden fitted in seamlessly. Shortly after City had scored perhaps the best team goal of the season so far – including a symphony of 44 synchronised passes – Foden came on, slotted in, continued the continuity and looked every bit an England player. Just to illustrate the gulf in telepathic teamwork between City and United Foden made more passes (7) than Lukaku (3)