Something serious has come over Manchester City these last two weeks.
The Citizens were far and away on nearly everyone in the league, and then came the shocking upset loss to West Ham (who are making a name for themselves in 2015 as giant killers). It hasn’t ended there though, City was handed a stunning 4-1 defeat after starting out the match against Tottenham with the lead.
Week Seven’s collapse at White Hart Lane was brutal for the club and their supporters as City hasn’t been beaten to that degree since a 2008 debacle that ended with Middlesbrough putting up 8 goals to their 1.
The Citizens maintained a fair grip on the first half, scoring the first goal early and threatening the Spurs with well-timed runs and shots. It seemed likely that the League leaders would score again before the half was out, but it was Tottenham that struck in the waning minutes with a twenty-five yard out low boot from Eric Dier.
City Boss Pelligrini weighed in on the Spurs collapse as a case of the textbook “a game of two halves”.
“I think that we played really well in the first half. We scored a goal and we had two or three clear chances to score again but didn’t take them.”
“Tottenham’s first shot at our goal was after 40 minutes. After that they scored with an offside goal and in the second half I think Tottenham played very well.”
Pelligrini went on to say that two major elements of City’s loss to Tottenham was their defending against set-pieces as well as a lengthy injury list.
City conceded two out of four goals off of free-kick scenarios. One in the form of Toby Alderweireld header from close range and the highly publicized free-kick rebound that opened Harry Kane’s account for the season.
Further City was without With David Silva, Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Gael Clichy. Yaya Toure, one of City’s most explosive strikers, would also leave the game after the half with a hamstring injury. With so many holes in the starting line-up it’s not surprising that City isn’t dominating in the same fashion as early weeks.
Pelligrini has a simple solution for City to turn around this losing detour with their upcoming matches against Borussia Monchengladbach (Wednesday the 30th) and Newcastle United (Saturday Oct. 3rd).
“We must continue working, we must continue trying to play in the way we did in the first 45 minutes today. In the future we must play every game as though it is a final.”
Time will tell if the Citizens retain enough of their manager’s words to reclaim the number one spot on the League Table.