Are Manchester City struggling to match the form of last season’s treble winning side?
Manchester City have been put under pressure by pundits and fans the last few weeks after achieving only seven points in six games between the 4-4 draw at Chelsea and the disappointing 2-2 draw to Crystal Palace a few weeks ago. The blues have leaked goals this season having kept a clean sheet in only four of the eighteen games played.
This being said, teams have really attacked City this season as Guardiola’s men have struggled defensively. The last home match at the Etihad saw a complacent City side punished by Palace late on, despite being an extremely one-sided affair for the majority of the game. The stats are there, but do Manchester City really need to worry?
City recently swept aside Fluminense to be crowned champions of the world for the first time in the clubs history. The Blues were in control for the majority of the game but back home their Premier League form has raised questions amongst rival supporters and fans.
Theres no doubt city are going through a rough patch; a tough run of fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have led to disappointing results by their standard. There are many reasons for potential dips in form, perhaps burnout from competing in numerous competitions or injuries to key men like Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones who were pivotal in Pep’s system last season.
There is no denying the current run of form is not associated with the relentlessness of a typical Manchester City side but ruling them out is definitely a massive mistake. The blues sat 6th in the table at Christmas which is not where they would have hoped to be at the start of the season but Pep and his squad will remain confident and the fans will find comfort in the knowledge that they have won the league whilst sitting 8th In the table a few years ago.
Is there a genuine concern that Manchester City can’t maintain their usual form? I don’t think so, the Citizens won’t be impressed by the recent results, but form is temporary. The real quality Manchester City possess is evident and the recent blip in results is abnormal for Guardiola who has emphasised there is no need to worry as his side look to string together a good run of results.
There was speculation that City would fall off after their triumphant treble wining season and become complacent with the blues looking to become the first team to win four consecutive titles. Manchester United specifically will be hoping for City to struggle with the risk of them going one further than the United squads of 1988/99 – 2000/01 and 2006/07 – 2008/09 sharing the record for three consecutive title wins.
City have dropped points in important games with draws at Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham and losses to Arsenal and Aston Villa. It’s clear there is competition for the title and teams surrounding City have managed to get a results against them. Liverpool currently sit top of the table and look in a good position to challenge for the title along with a strong Arsenal side under Arteta who have pushed this Man City side in recent years.
I definitely believe it will be tight at the top; I think this title will be the closest one in recent years but will Manchester City make it four in a row to add to another achievement of this City side? Will another team beat city to the title? Will Manchester City recover from their poor recent form? Let us know your thoughts on the situation.