Intimidating Man City
Manchester City sent out a proper statement on Saturday when they followed up Man United’s dour 0-0 draw at Liverpool with a jaw-dropping 7-2 win over Stoke City. It was a truly brilliant performance.
Now playing in the style that Pep Guardiola is famously associated with, they dismantled their opponents. A statistic has come out in the aftermath of the win that sums up their intimidating supremacy.
Yaya Toure managed to make three times as many passes as any Stoke player, his 61 trumping 18. This is despite him playing just 18 minutes as a substitute. Even Ederson did better than Stoke managed with 19.
This statistic shows how good City have become at keeping possession. Anyone who watched them in action will testify that it’s simply possession for possession sake, á la the Louis van Gaal era at Man United.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 16, 2017
It took City’s scoring to 29 goals in just 8 games. If they keep scoring at this rate then they’ll net 138 goals in the Premier League this season. It’s an intimidating prospect and City are now title favourites.
They’re still only two points ahead of city rivals United though. Jose Mourinho went to Anfield with a defensive game plan and succeeded in avoiding defeat. However, the manner of United’s performance left a sour taste.
The Red Devils were missing several key players including Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Yet with the talent in their ranks, one would expect them to do better than the one shot they managed to get on target.
Romelu Lukaku was the player to muster that effort. The big Belgian forward has a poor record against the top six and his struggles in this match added to his reputation as a flat-track bully.
Lukaku was also accused of foul play in an incident with Dejan Lovren.
Gary Neville thought that the incident ‘didn’t look great’ and received a backlash for saying so.