Manchester City: all bark and no bite

Manchester City

Updated on 29 August

Liverpool’s unparalleled exploit, meant that the season was over before it even began for Manchester city and other premier league teams.

The Citizens did not have things their way last season. Although they finished second behind Liverpool, but by their standards, they know they should have done better.

Some early slip ups in the season and with Liverpool capitalizing, meant that the team from Manchester had no chance to defend the title they won in the previous season.

Manchester City has always been known to be ruthless in front of goal. Pep Guardiola’s men already has 81 goals, the highest tally in the premier division this season.

Too many goals, too many inconsistencies, as the citizens started the 2019/2020 season with a 5-0 Thrashing of West Ham. This was surprisingly followed by a 2-2 draw to Spurs at the Etihad stadium.

The Citizens went on to beat Brighton 4-0 two weeks later and fell to a 3-2 disappointing defeat to Norwich City the following week.

Seemingly with a “vengeful ” heart, Guardiola‘s men battered Watford 8-0, before falling to another 2-1 defeat to Wolves two weeks later at home.

Manchester City continued to march on by beating Aston Villa 3-0 in the tenth week of the premier league season, followed by a 3-1 loss to eventual champions, Liverpool.

A 4-1 victor over Burnley in the 15th round helped cool the heat emanating from the Etihad stadium, but the heat definitely returned the following week when the Citizens fell again to another 2-1 defeat at home to neighbours and fiercest rival, Manchester United.

A 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the 17th round, was never going to shield the 3-2 loss to Wolves that came two leeks later.

Another “vengeful” performance against Aston Villa in the 22 round, where the citizens humbled the Lions in a 6-1 score line was never going to take away the 2-0 defeat to Spurs three weeks later.

A 2-0 win over West Ham in the 26th round was just a preparation for another 2-0 loss to fiercest rival, Manchester United two weeks later.

Yet another 5-0 thumping, over Burnley in match day 30 did not by any means preclude the 2-1 loss against Chelsea the following week, on the day Liverpool were Crowned Champions.

On match day 32, Pep Guardiola’s men marched on to beat the current premier league champions 4-0, showing intent to rival Liverpool for the title next season. Just days later, the citizens fell again to another 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Perhaps the highlight of their peril was crashing out of the Champions League against French side Lyon, just days after beating European powerhouse Real Madrid.

Guardiola’s men has uncharacteristically made sure to continue with these ups and downs trajectory across the season, something that has evidently hampered their progress.

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The Citizens boasts a very powerful cannon in attack and plays the entertaining ‘tiki-taka’ football, but with the Premier and Champions League eluding them: For Guardiola’s men, it’s just all bark and no bite.


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