Man City Losses 1-0 at Aston Villa, Winless Run Extends to 4 Matches

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Aston Villa successfully outplayed Man City on Wednesday and extended the defending champion’s winless run in the league to four games.

Unay Emery’s squad didn’t only beat the Citizens at Villa Park, it also dominated the game.

It was a rare scenery for Pep Guardiola since he started as a manager with Barcelona in 2008.

Leon Bailey’s goal in the 74th minute left City in fourth place, six points behind Arsenal, Liverpool, and Villa.

The home side had 22 shots, meanwhile, Man City couldn’t create a meaningful attempt after the Erlind Haaland effort in the 11thminute.

During the first half alone, Villa created 13 shots - the most faced by Guardiola’s team in a league game.

It was the night when Aston Villa looked like a legitimate title challenger as Guardiola also said, “The better team won.”

City’s loss gave more proof of how important Rodri was to their hopes this season.

Guardiola couldn’t find a man who could control the midfield as the Spain international suspended.

Rodri has missed four matches this season and Manchester City have lost them all. Fortunately, the holding midfielder will be back to play against Luton Town on Sunday.

On the other hand, Villa will have a crucial game at the weekend against Arsenal at Villa Park.