There is no doubt right now that Manchester City are struggling. Four Premier League games without a win has seen the reigning champions fall to fourth on the Premier League table. Last night’s 1-nil defeat to Aston Villa was one of the worst performances under Pep Guardiola in recent memory. While the treble winners are currently struggling to find their best form they do have the pieces to quickly turn it around.
Since the last international break the treble winners squad has been hit by minor injuries. While none of the recent injuries have been serious they have robbed the champions of players since domestic football resumed. Matheus Nunes, Mateo Kovacic and John Stones have all recently returned from injury lay offs. Against Aston Villa the trio all looked like they desperately needed minutes in their legs. They came up against a fresh and hungry opponent and their lack of regular football showed. In the case of Nunes and Kovacic their injuries have robbed them of the opportunity to adapt to to their new surroundings. The hope now is they can put the injuries behind them and learn what is required to play under Pep Guardiola.
Another issue has been missed chances. Erling Haaland missed an absolute sitter against Tottenham which proved costly and saw City’s only two efforts on target last night well saved by Emiliano Martinez. Haaland’s shooting boots will return and the chances that have been squandered of late will soon again be taken.
Manchester City’s defence is also looking off their best. Kyle Walker looks tired after playing so much football this season. His drop in performance has coincided with City’s winless run. Josko Gvardiol looks like he is still adjusting to his new surroundings. Ruben Dias looked much more like himself against Aston Villa after a couple of poorer performances of late.
Despite these issues Manchester City have the pieces to quickly return to form. It sounds ridiculous but the treble winners do look desperate for a win. Sunday’s visit to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town would be the perfect place to start.