Pep Guardiola’s Man City are now winless in their last five matches in all competetions. Their 1-all draw with Southampton on Sunday, Oct. 23 2016 at the Etihad stadium was their fifth unsuccessive tie in a row. Due to an almighty mess by City’s back four and Stones in particular Redmond steps up to utilise Stones’ blind back pass which was intended for Kompany.
Southampton were perfect in the first half with Nathaniel Redmond giving the Citizens’ back four a bloody nose. The introduction of Kelechi Iheanacho for De Bruyne enabled the Citizens grab spoils at the 55th minute when he notched after utilising Fernandinho’s nice ball. City tried to push hard but were betrayed by time when the game ended 1-all.
City’s winless run is an undoubtedly alarming after they drew 3-all with Celtic on Wed 28 sep, losing 2-0 to Spurs on Sun 2 Oct, drawing 1-all with Everton on Sat 15 Oct, a terrible 4-0 thrashing by Barcelona on Wed 19 Oct and the 1-all tie with Southampton on Sun 23 Oct.
Guardiola may witness his sixth winless match in a row on Wed 26 when he faces Man United who are still nursing wounds after a rear 4-0 loss to Chelsea on Sun 23 Oct. Meanwhile, the Champions League match against Barcelona is also under way and such tight fixtures must be giving Guardiola a very hard time.
When this season started there were three big names everybody talked about; Guardiola, Pogba and Ibrahimovic. Times seem to be getting tougher for this trio as their clubs are facing ups and downs in the league. Pogba and Ibrahimovic seem not to be delivering for the Red Devils as their thumping by the Blues exposed their weaknesses. However this trio must be given a couple of fixtures to perform, otherwise football pundits might lose their cool on them.