After a blistering start to the season with 10 straight wins in all competitions, easing past teams with a superb style of football, Pep Guardiola is beginning to get the feel of why the Premier League is regarded as the most difficult league in the world.
Still suffering from the hang over of losing 3-1 to Chelsea, the Catalan then suffered yet another loss at the hands of a Leicester City side that had not won a League game in five..
Even without the services of key players like Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho, City were expected to get a result given the superiority in quality between both sides. But Jamie Vardy had other ideas, scoring a hat-trick to condemn the Etihad giants to a disappointing 4-2 defeat. Up until the two late goals, Pep was heading towards his worst defeat of his managerial career.
The Spanish boss surely has a lot of thinking to do or risk enduring the worst league season of his career. With 15 games played, Claudio Bravo has more often than not been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Chilean has kept just one clean sheet in his last 13 league outings.
But the blame can’t all go to the ex-Barcelona stopper as the four in front of him have not helped matters. Nicholas Otamendi was pushed off the ball far too easily by Diego Costa for Chelsea’s equaliser two weekends ago, while Alexandar Kolarov has found it difficult adapting to an unfamiliar centre-back role.
Out of the side mostly due to injuries, what the City fans would give for the return of Vincent Kompany. His presence has surely been missed throughout the period that he has been out. And what about John Stones? We all know he is an incredible footballer, but so often GE reminds us of the old David Luiz.
He is increasingly becoming prone to errors, costing his team with his lack of concentration and over-confident style of play, always trying to be too clever. At fault for Vardy’s third, the ex-Everton player has directly cost his team on five occasionS leading to goalS – the most by any defender in the division this season.
Guardiola has won only three league games since his side’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. City are currently short of confidence at the moment and are not helped by the current double suspension of star striker Sergio Aguero and midfield enforcer Fernandinho.
Pep has failed to win the league title just once in his last seven years as a manager but with damaging defeats in the last two games, coupled with difficult festive games against Arsenal and Liverpool coming up, once could become twice unless he addresses the issues surrounding his team’s form sooner rather than later.