The Champions Humbled At Villa Park

Having drawn their last three games in the Premier League, Manchester City were eager to return to winning ways at Villa Park on Wednesday night (December 6). Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, however, did not like that script and chose to rewrite it with some major edits. A fascinating contest unfolded in Birmingham, which saw Aston Villa clinch a stellar 1-0 victory over reigning English and European champions Manchester City.

Aston Villa Dominated Manchester City In Premier League Showdown

In their three previous matches, Manchester City drew 4-4 with Chelsea, drew 1-1 with Liverpool, and played out a 3-3 stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur. In all three games, the Cityzens came close to winning at one point or the other. That was not the case on Wednesday night. Despite fielding some of the best players in the world, Pep Guardiola could not get the better of Emery. Truth be told, the Spaniard and his men were lucky to escape with only a 1-0 defeat. Throughout the game, Villa had 22 shots, with seven of those landing on target. In contrast, City shockingly just had two.

Aston Villa lodged their first attempt on target just six minutes into the game, with Leon Bailey directing John McGinn’s early cross onto Ederson’s goal. The right midfielder could not get much power behind his header, making it rather straightforward for the Manchester City goalkeeper to push it behind for a corner. The resulting corner, however, drew an excellent save out of Ederson, with the goalkeeper stretching every muscle of his body to keep out Pau Torres’ curling effort.

2 – Man City attempted just two shots in this match; the fewest ever by a Pep Guardiola team in a game within Europe’s big-five leagues, while the 22 shots from Aston Villa was the joint-most faced by a Guardiola side in the same period (tonight his 535th such game). Dominated. pic.twitter.com/T0gjP1ZbpZ

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2023

Manchester City responded with an attack of their own in…


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Author : Sushan Chakraborty

Publish date : 2023-12-07 06:57:50

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