Manchester City have not had the best start to this year’s Premier League campaign.
Manchester City have not been the same after their domestic treble-winning season in 2018/19. They lost the league to Liverpool by 18 points last year in 2019/20 season and they have already dropped 5 points in their first 3 games this season.
Pep Guardiola is coaching this Manchester City team for five seasons now which officially made it his longest-serving team, but the legendary coach is yet to win a Champions League with his English side.
The Citizens won the first Premier League game of the season against Wolves 3-1 at The Molineux but his squad conceded 5 goals against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City just five days later. While many might blame the loss as a result of having to play Bournemouth just two days prior, but Pep must now be accustomed to the hectic fixtures of the English Premier League. On top of that, the Premier League side gave away 3 penalties that game, which could have been avoided.
Their latest league match was away at Leeds and after a huge tactical clash, both Marcelo Bielsa and Pep came out of the match with a point each. City have looked vulnerable but without any pre-season and having played one game less, it is not the most terrifying start. However, the wins have to come in instantly from the upcoming fixtures if they still want to compete against rivals, Liverpool, for the Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola and his men play Mikel Arteta’s in-form Arsenal next week as the Gunners have already lodged a total of 9 points from 3 wins out of 4 games this season. Their only loss was to Liverpool who they beat earlier this season in the Community Shield tie.
This could be Pep’s last and final season in England with the citizens and a title win to bow out would not be the last thing on the Spaniard’s mind. The coach and his former assistant meet on the 17th at the Etihad Stadium and the results will reveal if Pep Guardiola’s men are serious about the title this season or not. Injuries for Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo, and now Raheem Sterling has been a bit of a problem, but Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte recently returned from injuries should give City fans some hope. Gundogan has also made his return to training while Aguero and Jesus will be back in a few weeks.
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