Extra factors dropped for Manchester Metropolis as Pep Guardiola enjoys his worst begin to a marketing campaign in his managerial profession.
Each Man Metropolis and Liverpool have been examined severely on Saturday. The previous, unable to create a greater destiny for themselves. The latter, removed from improbable however buckled up for the experience and introduced residence the products.
The earlier back-to-back champions are discovering life within the Premier League difficult in these early days. They travelled to London Stadium and battled it out towards a decided West Ham aspect.
The worst bit for these two EPL-title favourites (Liverpool and Man Metropolis) are taking part in towards groups who sit again and defend with a low block, which is nearly each certainly one of their opponents. They get pleasure from boatloads of possession however one counter-attack, set-piece, or VAR choice gone incorrect, and the sport flips of their opponents’ favour.
Very similar to it was on Saturday, Man Metropolis loved 70% of the sport’s ball possession however may nonetheless solely handle to safe a degree. That they had the ball at their toes for nearly all the first half however Murphy’s regulation prevailed 18 minutes into the sport.
Hammerhead of the road, Michail Antonio, scored arguably one of many objectives of the season (IMO Manuel Lanzini equaliser towards Spurs remains to be the highest contender for aim of the season) to place the house aspect up 1-0.
However simply after halftime (the 51st minutes) Pep’s compelled however sensible change from Sergio Aguero to Phil Foden paid off with a degree. His leveller was the second aim of the sport and likewise the primary and final of the second half.
Is Pep’s time ticking away?
So… Instances are altering for the Spaniard as he’s not feared by the groups sitting under them. Dropping factors seem like a brand new norm and can most likely proceed all through the season if one thing new isn’t thought up shortly.
From the 15 factors performed for over 5 video games, Man Metropolis have dropped seven and solely picked up eight. After their stunning draw towards the Hammers, they now sit in twelfth place and are nonetheless not on double digits of their factors tally.
Final season they misplaced a complete of 9 video games and draw three, gathering a complete of 81 factors from a attainable 114. That’s an enormous complete of 33 factors dropped. They’ve already now drawn two video games and misplaced one, declaring the sample is actual.
Including to this and over an extended stretch is the Man Metropolis curse. A curse they’ve had looming over them for the previous 25 years and nonetheless counting. They’ve solely ever received one away recreation when chasing it from one aim behind. Not even Pep energy can change their destiny.
Man Metropolis over 25 years
Video games performed – 104 away video games
Wins – 1 Win
Attracts – 1 Draw
Losses – 90 Losses
Man Metropolis’s away file when dropping is astonishing 😳 pic.twitter.com/hAnIg4nTzX
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 24, 2020
Some other supervisor could be gone
A weak problem for the Premier League title final season, falling behind the race by 18 factors and nonetheless solely in a position to attain the quarter-finals of the Champions League ought to be questioned.
Now following it up along with his worst begin to a season, how lengthy earlier than it’s too late for Pep? We’ve seen managers sacked for much less, however it have to be reminded, he’s a degree above many.
Nonetheless, as issues stand, ought to the Residents be attainable Pep replacements? He hasn’t signed a brand new deal, so a brand new supervisor could possibly be on the playing cards however solely subsequent season although.