Manchester City may not have had a great deal of luck on the weekend as they saw two penalties saved by Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg but the spot-kicks added to an incredible statistic Pep Guardiola’s side have earned this season.
Remarkably, those two awarded penalties took Manchester City’s spot-kick tally for the season to eight awarded in just 10 matches – with the statistic covering City’s opening eight Premier League matches and their two games so far in the Champions League.
Not related to tonight but Manchester City have been awarded EIGHT penalties in 10 matches in the Premier League and Champions League!!!
— Simon Gleave (@SimonGleave) October 17, 2016
Aguero has netted one penalty in the Champions League, coming in City’s dominant 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, but the statistic can be extended further when the Citizens’ two play-off matches for the Champions League are taken into consideration.
In the first-leg of that match, Aguero missed two penalties, but still netted a hat-trick, and that means Manchester City have had 10 penalties awarded to them already this season.
They had just eight penalties awarded in their 38 Premier League matches last term, which shows just how phenomenal the statistic is, although it shouldn’t be too surprising given that Guardiola instructs his teams to move the ball in and around the box at pace – increasing the likelihood of a defender making a mistake.