Is Man City's defense creating a problem for the Champions?

By Real11 - Dec 7 2023 148 Views


Aston Villa stunned Man City by 1-0, overtaking the Citizens in the EPL points table

The citizens have not had a good time recently in the EPL. After swallowing three consecutive draws in the 2023/2024 Premier League, the defending champions failed to recover and instead suffered a bitter defeat against hosts Aston Villa on Wednesday. Man City visited Villa Park in a duel in Week 15 of the 2023/2024 Premier League. This match is a big opportunity for Man City to rise and win, stopping the negative trend of the last few weeks.

Unfortunately, Man City performed badly, far below standard and lost the match 0-1 to the Villains. They didn't threaten Villa's goal much and deserved to lose this match. Villa appeared much more dominant and more aggressive in front of their supporters. They bombarded Ederson's goal with 22 shots, they should have scored more than one goal.

Manchester City is still very strong this season and they started the season well and were able to quickly climb to the top of the standings. However, it cannot be denied that Pep Guardiola's squad has looked problematic in recent weeks. City's defense is fragile and the attack line is starting to run out of creativity to dismantle the opponent's defense. This problem began to appear when Man City allowed Chelsea to force a 4-4 draw a few weeks ago. Then, they also experienced the same thing when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Tottenham.

Conceding three to four goals is certainly worrying for Man City. They have been known for their solid defense for years. The suboptimal results in the last few weeks are starting to raise big questions. Has Man City's level declined? Is their defense a problem? Before the match, Guardiola denied this assumption. He said: "I'm worried about the number of goals we've conceded, that's clear, of course. However, I think our average goals conceded per game are lower than last season, except for the game against Chelsea."

Even so, it is now proven that Man City has again achieved bad results, even losing. Three consecutive draws followed by defeat is certainly very bad for Man City. They could only get three points in the last four matches in the 2023/2024 Premier League. The defending champions have slipped to fourth in the EPL points table after losing to Villa, who claimed third position in the points table.

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