Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney looks at 5 things we learned from Manchester City’s dismal 1-nil loss to Aston Villa. Leon Bailey’s deflected 74th minute strike was enough for Unai Emery’s side to secure three points. In truth the hosts dominated the game and the scoreline flattered City. It was one of the treble winners worst performances in some time and left City sitting fourth in the Premier League table.
Post game there are some serious issues for Pep Guardiola to solve. His squad appears low on confidence after 4 Premier League games without a win. Even in a team as successful as the European champions, they can be affected by low confidence. It does appear that a win is necessary to restore confidence and belief amongst the City squad.
City’s dependence on Rodri has now reached alarming levels for Manchester City. This season has seen the treble winners drop all four games their midfield has been suspended for. It is an indictment on his teammates that they cannot do the job required with Rodri. There is enough quality to cover his loss but without him, the whole team from upfront to defence suffers. It has become a serious issue for Pep Guardiola and one that needs rectifying if City are to get back on track.
Despite a poor run of results of late Pep Guardiola’s side only sit 6 points behind league leaders Arsenal. They have found themselves in similar situations in seasons past so they are capable of quickly clicking into gear. The Manchester City manager will leave no stone unturned in trying to find a solution to his side’s current predicament.
Steven Mcinerney looks at all of this and more in 5 things we learned from Manchester City’s loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday night.