Guardiola’s commandments: how lessons of Bayern stymied Liverpool

Pep Guardiola went back to the basics of Cruyffism at Anfield and in doing so showed new-found flexibility and pragmatismEighteen games into Pep Guardiola’s second season as manager of Bayern Munich, his side lost 4-1 at Wolfsburg. It was their first defeat of the campaign and a major surprise, and it made Guardiola stop and reconsider. Had he been overthinking things? Had he got so carried away with his experiments in using his full-backs in possession effectively as old-fashioned wing-halves that he had forgotten the basics? Determined he shouldn’t make the same mistake again, he wrote what ...

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