Manchester City lost just twice last season. Once against Liverpool and the other, their red counterparts Manchester United.
Now just 19 games in, City has already been defeated three times; in the last four matches.
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The Citizens fell to Leicester City 2-1 after Ricardo Pereira launched a rocket past Ederson ten minutes from time. Leicester spent most of the night tightly guarding their penalty box and just shooting from range as they struggled to break down City’s defense. Bernardo Silva scored an easy goal after a great pass from Sergio Aguero. Just minutes later, Marc Albrington put them back on level terms after nodding home a cross from Jamie Vardy. In the closing minutes, Fabian Delph was shown a straight red card after a vicious challenge on Pereira.
“It was a similar performance to the Crystal Palace game, we started well but conceded a goal the first time they arrived in our box. Mentally we are lacking confidence in that situation,” Guardiola said. “We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool continues their search for the title in an emphatic 4-0 win over former coach Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle.
Benitez acknowledges Jurgen Klopp’s team offensive prowess and strategically chose to start with five defenders. Nevertheless, the Reds were unstoppable in front of goal.
Dejan Lovren got things going just 11 minutes in after Jamaal Lascelles’s weak clearance let the Croation launch an unstoppable volley into the top corner. Just two minutes into the second hald, Mohammed Salah won a dubious penalty after getting brought down by Paul Dummett. The Egyptian slotted pass cooly to make it 2-0 for the home fans.
Xherdan Shaqiri then poked one in after a defensive breakdown by the Magpies which gave Trent Alexander-Arnold ample space to cross. Liverpool ended the rout after Fabinho scored his first goal for the club with a header off Salah’s cross.
This puts Liverpool six points clear of Tottenham Hotspurs and having the best record start to their Premier League campaign.
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Having thrashed Everton 6-2 in their previous game, Tottenham do not look to stop anytime soon. Their victims this time – Bournemouth.
Son Heung-Min netted another brace in their 5-0 thrashing of Bournemouth. With this win, it puts Mauricio Pochettino’s side second in the standings, a point ahead of Manchester City.
“We are in a very good position, but Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders,” he told BBC Sport. “It is one thing to be a point above them, but Manchester City are the reigning champions and Liverpool are doing fantastic.”
“We are only halfway to the end of the season, we need to replicate the same second-half of the season. It is up to us, if we show the same quality and same belief and behave in the way we behave, then maybe at the end of the season we can talk in the way that maybe we fight for big things.” Pochettino said.
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There may be glimmer of hope for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s debut at Old Trafford came nothing less than exciting in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town. Paul Pogba netted twice in the second half to give the host a deserving win. Nemanja Matic put United ahead in the first half after tapping in a parried header from Victor Lindelof.
Arsenal drew Brighton 1-1 while Chelsea narrowly scraped past Watford 2-1.
Everton avenged their humiliating loss last week to the Spurs by defeating Burnley 5-1. This ended their five-match winless streak.
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