Manchester City have hit a blip in terms of form following a tremendous start to life under Pep Guardiola, as their winning run was halted by Tottenham Hotspur before the international break and they were held by Everton on the weekend, allowing Arsenal to move level on points at the top of the Premier League table.
With a huge clash against Barcelona on the horizon tonight, the Citizens require all the help they can possibly get as they look to overcome one of Europe’s giants and statistics from last night’s matches suggest that Guardiola has made a big mistake in letting one man leave.
Whilst City prepare for tonight’s huge clash, loanee Samir Nasri was in action for Sevilla last night against Dinamo Zagreb and bossed the game for the Andalusian side – with his post-match stats detailing his tremendous performance.
Samir Nasri: Made at least 10 more passes in the final third (44) vs Dinamo Zagreb than any other player has in a CL match this season pic.twitter.com/wK5rhIctDy
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 19, 2016
Sevilla’s creativity in the final third was greatly aided by the former France international, who boasted at least ten more passes in the final third of the pitch against the Croatian side last night than any other player in the Champions league this season.
Most passes completed in a Champions League game so far this season:
S. Nasri (142)
T. Motta (142)
S. N'Zonzi (117)
M. Verratti (108) pic.twitter.com/Ptq5b5frn1
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 19, 2016
On top of that, Nasri completed the most passes (142) of any player in a single Champions League match this season, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain duo Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti, as well as Sevilla team-mate Steven N’Zonzi, which shows just how telling Nasri’s involvement was.
Samir Nasri completed more passes this evening (142) than the entire Dinamo Zagreb team combined.
Dictating the tempo. pic.twitter.com/Fu7MdfU3Hu
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 18, 2016
Further statistics show he made more passes than the entire Dinamo Zagreb team, completed 100% of his take-ons, achieved a 92% pass success rate and found the net.
Given Manchester City’s form and Samir Nasri’s displays, the Frenchman would have certainly proved useful to Pep Guardiola’s side this season, and if these numbers continue, the boss may regret his decision.