Pep Guardiola moved Bernardo Silva onto the left of Manchester City’s midfield at Leicester in order to speed up their attack.
The Portugal international usually plays on the right half of the pitch, either as one of the two central midfielders ahead of Rodri or on the wing, but was to the left of Ilkay Gundogan at the King Power Stadium.
It resulted in some excellent link-up play with Joao Cancelo and Jack Grealish on the left, and he also popped up with the winning goal when the ball diverted into his path in the second half from Cancelo’s shot.
Guardiola was obviously pleased with the ten goals his team racked up against Arsenal and Norwich, but wanted Bernardo’s left foot on the left side of the pitch teaming up with Grealish and Cancelo to ensure that City could play balls into the box with one touch rather than slowing the game down to shift it onto the preferred foot of each forward in the team.
“I like to have at least one of the two players on the sides go with a natural side,” he said.
“When Jack Grealish played right and Gundogan played right every moment in behind is not on the proper foot, they have to turn. Every time the first action Bernardo can make a cross.
“Now before the wingers always play right foot [on the] right side and left foot [on the] left side but in the last years everyone had a tendency to play right foot on the left and left foot on the right.
“At least one of the two or three have to be on their natural foot to be more effective in the final third. They can play both sides of course, Bernardo prefers to play on the right so that can happen.”