Manchester City were disappointingly held 1-1 at home by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night, in a result that casts serious doubt on the Citizens’ title aspirations for this season.
Ilkay Gundogan gave Pep Guardiola’s side the lead after smashing home Raheem Sterling’s cut back but it was 1-1 before half-time, as Ruben Dias inadvertently turned Semi Ajay’s shot past Ederson.
Despite some glorious late chances to win the game, it would finish 1-1, leaving the Citizens in sixth position ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures.
One man who arguably disappointed during the game against the Baggies was Joao Cancelo.
The Portuguese defender was preferred to Kyle Walker at right-back but struggled to have much impact on the game on Tuesday, and was disappointing with his passing throughout.
As per SofaScore, the former Juventus man lost possession 23 times during the game, which was the joint-most of any Manchester City player during the game.
The 26-year-old would make just one tackle and two clearances during the game, whilst he was dribbled past on one occasion.
Cancelo also won just two of his eight ground duels, and two out of three of his aerial duels, resulting in an overall success rate of 36%, suggesting that he was second best on a number of occasions.
However, it was his attacking performance that was perhaps most disappointing, as despite having 116 touches of the ball during the game, suggesting he was involved a lot, he was wasteful when he had the ball in promising positions.
Of his four cross attempts against West Brom, none were accurate, whilst only one of his four dribble attempts were successful.
Therefore, it can definitely be argued that Cancelo struggled against the Baggies on Tuesday, which will frustrate Guardiola, as it was definitely a game the Citizens needed to win.
It would not be a surprise to see Walker restored to the starting line up for the City’s next game, which sees them take on Southampton away from home on Saturday.