Manchester City stumble again to Shelvey stunner at Newcastle

Tanya Simon
December 1, 2019

Kevin de Bruyne rocketed the ball off the underside of the bar with a brilliant strike but Jonjo Shelvey may have outdone him to level things up for Newcastle United. They've conceded seven goals from the last 13 shots they've faced while scoring just six from their last 23 shots.

Shelvey's equaliser presents Liverpool with a superb opportunity, with the Reds potentially being 11 points clear this evening.

While Liverpool have been churning out wins, City have looked strangely vulnerable.

"They are a quality side".

The zip has gone out of their passing and despite having 77 per cent of possession and 24 attempts at goal against Newcastle yesterday, they were bogged down for long periods with Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus, who were both substituted, ineffective.

Guardiola was without Sergio Aguero who has been ruled out for a couple of weeks by a thigh muscle injury and City missed his predatory instincts as they failed to make almost 80 percent possession count.

Guardiola, however, said it was not a case of his side in decline.

Guardiola's City broke numerous records as they clocked up 100 points in winning the Premier League in 2018 and followed up by claiming a domestic treble last season.

When asked about his team's performance, Guardiola said it was "good".

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"We scored two goals but we also let two in which is disappointing".

"Sometimes it happens. The tempo was good all the time".

To be fair to Steve Bruce's side, it looks like there are a few teams in the division that are worse than the Magpies.

"We have to accept it, work on our strengths and learn from this. It's tough, but we have just two days to recover", Guardiola said.

"It's better to score one, take time and score the second one".

"We needed to bounce back after Monday night, it was very disappointing".

"It's still on because we will still fight until the last day like we did last season".

"For me myself, I want to see my players and the reaction of my players and everything", Guardiola added.

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