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Manchester City Prove They Can Still Win the Premier League Title

Manchester City managed to disprove the old proverb in the previous season that the title race in the Premier League is a marathon instead of a sprint. Manchester City was so far ahead of other clubs last season that they managed to win by 19 points after accumulating a total of 100 points. It was seen as a progression instead of a gruelling slog to glory. However, things will certainly be different this time around if they reclaim the title.

Manchester City’s Win Over Everton

Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday at Goodison Park managed to take the reigning champions to the top of the table once again. This allowed them to move ahead of Liverpool thanks to goal difference. However, they played one more match than Liverpool and the match against Everton was considered an ugly victory as they didn’t display any flair that usually accompanies the title success from last season. At least none of that will matter when it comes to the final reckoning. The Premier League title race this season will be determined by substance as opposed to style and, at the moment, Manchester City has the edge over all the other clubs.

Even Pep Guardiola hinted after the victory against Everton that the challenges of the title race this year are far more demanding than a year ago. “I’m not 100% sure how far we will get in the Premier League this year, perhaps we will flake out on the road,” stated Guardiola. “However, we will continue to try. Although we played one more match than Liverpool, it’s fantastic to be at the top. However, Liverpool does have a game in hand at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Should they win, we will lose our spot at the top and will need to wait once again.”

Early Signs of Fatigue

Maybe this is the inevitability of a Premier League season following a World Cup that the huge clubs, along with their players, are starting to feel the strain much earlier than usual. Although we are still in midseason in early February, both Liverpool and Manchester City are starting to show signs of fatigue, mentally and physically. Neither of them is performing as good as they did at the start of the season. Liverpool has managed to drop more points in the last six weeks when compared to the points they lost from August through to December.  Manchester City is still licking their wounds after the devastating loss against Newcastle in the previous week.

Most opponents are now entering matches against these title chasers and believe they can emerge with 1 point at the very least. That has a huge impact on Liverpool and Manchester City, who needs to work harder than before to secure a win. The title race will be determined by these two clubs, even though Tottenham is only 5 points behind. It will all come down to how each club handles fatigue at the end.

Manchester City’s Defeat Against Newcastle

Manchester City’s hopes for the title suffered a massive blow after a shocking 2-1 defeat against Newcastle United. After just 24 seconds into the match, Sergio Aguero managed to give the champions a lead. However, a penalty from Matt Ritchie along with a goal from Salomon Rondon stunned every visitor in the stadium.

Manchester City Positives

Manchester City’s imposing trio at midfield, including Fernandinho, David Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne managed to start together for the second time in the 2018/19 season and was the first time this occurred in the Premier League. One of the most impressive players for Manchester City is undoubtedly Bernardo Silva. However, the three midfielders that started when they faced Newcastle United were the pivot of the side that managed to produce a record-breaking title pace during the previous season.

Manchester City Negatives

Manchester City’s hopes for the title is hanging by a thread following yet another shocking defeat at the hands of a football club that is currently on the bottom half of the Premier League table. Manchester City will fall 7 points behind Liverpool should they manage to claim a victory against Leicester on Wednesday evening.

What’s truly surprising is that Manchester City’s challenge for the title has been derailed by inferior clubs when they have managed to cope extremely well against their top-tier rivals. However, the champions, unfortunately, lacked the killer instinct that they had during their title season. They are simply sloppy and lethargic at the moment.

Pep Guardiola

The Manchester City manager didn’t make any changes during half-time when the club needed a fresh pair of legs after enduring a horrible first half. He continuously wants his team to push forward and obtain goals. However, they didn’t pose a huge treat following their first-minute goal.

Manchester City Player Ratings

Ederson – Was unable to keep Rondon’s overhead kick out and Ritchie’s spectacular penalty from skidding underneath him.

Kyle Walker – Was quite solid in terms of defense but was unable to get forward like he usually does.

John Stones – Had an extremely difficult time against Rondon who managed to grab the equaliser.

Aymeric Laporte – His passing skills were not on par this time around. He managed to give the ball away on more than one occasion and placed Fernandinho in massive trouble for the unfortunate penalty.

Danilo – He managed to settle in at left-back but experienced one of his most difficult nights and was out of position a few times during the match.

Fernandinho – Solid performance throughout the match until he was unfortunately caught in possession in the box before he gave away a penalty.

Kevin De Bruyne – He was all over the field and managed to unlock the defense of Newcastle. A smart free-kick should have provided a second goal for Aguero. However, the referee booked him due to the fact that he took it too quickly.

David Silva – Was very unfortunate not to score in the match with his header. His touches were also quite heavy which is not normally the case.