Coach Pep Guardiola’s teachers and coaches drew 1-1 against West Brom in the 13th round of the Premier League on the morning of December 16.
Man City has the opportunity to seek more victory when welcoming West Brom, the team that is at the bottom of the rankings. However, the host is disappointed when the opponent is holding a draw. Gundogan opened the score, but the defenders lacked focus, making Manchester’s green half a pity.
West Brom entered the match at Etihad with great determination. The visitors almost opened the scoring in the 8th minute. Taking advantage of Man City’s defenders’ embarrassment, Karrlan Grant broke through, then shot decisively. The ball was stretched, but it found the right position of goalkeeper Ederson.
With home advantage and outstanding team quality, Man City soon regained control of the game. Coach Pep Guardiola’s army maintained a 75% possession of the ball throughout the first half and forced the opponent to retreat deeply to defend.
West Brom’s massive defender did his best, but still could not avoid the goal in the 30th minute. Sterling slipped the ball to the bottom of the line, then passed it to Gundogan to finish off the visitors’ net.
The red and yellow striped defenders spent too much attention on Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and let Gundogan freely choose favorable positions to score. This is the German midfielder’s first goal in the Premier League after nearly a year. With West Brom, they continue to be the club with the worst defenders in the tournament, conceding for the 26th time in just 13 matches. On average, “The Magpies” conceded 2 goals per game.
Man City defenders are not under much pressure, but they play awkwardly when West Brom organize an attack. The goal in the 43rd minute of the team in the blue shirt came from a messy ball in front of the penalty area.
Semi Ajayi used his strength to defeat Nathan Ake. After the number 6 defender’s shot, the ball touched Ruben Dias’s foot, changed direction and went into the net in an attempt by goalkeeper Ederson. This goal also ended about 10 hours and 8 minutes of keeping clean sheets in all competitions for teachers and coach Pep Guardiola.
The pressure was increased by the homeowner in the second half. Man City tried all attacks, from kicking, crossing the wings, but could not make a difference in the determination and roll of West players.
De Bruyne played hard, Sergio Aguero was also on the pitch. Former Man Utd goalkeeper, Sam Johnstones, became the hero of the visitors team with a series of saves. In the second half, the host launched 20 shots, but could not hit the net of the opponent.