Mind games, heat of battle, pressure: these are all key factors in every single title clash – apart from when a football team manages to win by 19 points in the Premier League and leave the rest of the brigade trailing in their wake.
Manchester City was so undisputed dominant during in the previous season that the normal rules when it came to engagement simply didn’t apply to the team. The race to the finish line from Manchester City was so brilliant that it became more of a procession as opposed to an examination in terms of their credentials.
Chelsea’s Defeat Over Manchester City
However, after the surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea this weekend, the missing ingredients have returned, and Manchester City are now facing a completely different test if they want to retain the crown before the end of the tournament. This Premier League season will be about how the current leaders decide to deal with it and if they are able to handle the pressure.
“Our primary objective is to accumulate one point more than our opponents. However, Liverpool is better than us at the moment,” Pep Guardiola started. “We were favourites before the weekend, but Liverpool claimed that spot. They are both unbeaten and at the top. Our level of performance is the same as last season, but our rivals are stronger.
“You won’t find a sport anywhere in the world where only one team is winning constantly,” Guardiola continued. “This is simply an illusion. Losing is, unfortunately, part of the competition. During our match against Chelsea, we dominated when it came to possession and had outstanding passes, but Chelsea dominated where it mattered most, scoring.”
Defining Moments in the 2018/19 Premier League Campaign
Every single title race in the Premier League will have defining moments which will mark a fork in the road for those that are involved at the sharp end, and the first was certainly the stoppage-time winner from Divock Origi during Liverpool’s clash against Everton.
The strike by N’Golo Kante during the Manchester City vs Chelsea match, minutes before halftime and after his squad had been flooded by Man City men for 44 minutes was undoubtably another significant moment as it placed Sarri’s team on the right path for victory that managed to inflict the first defeat for Manchester City.
The results for these two moments, including the second-half header from David Luiz, is that Liverpool received a turbo boost which made Manchester City realise instantly that an all out war is going to take place this season for the prestigious title. If Origi didn’t nod home a spectacular goal during the 99th-minute, Manchester City would have had a 4-point lead along with a psychological advantage when they witnessed their closest rival slip. However, they, unfortunately, had the pressure placed on themselves this time round.
Liverpool is currently leading the chase. The question is, can they maintain their lead or will Manchester City make a return to the top?