Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City was held to a frustrating 1-1 draw following a struggling battle against West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
The city had 26 shots and 77% of savior percentage possession against West Brom, but could not find a second-half winner despite that domination.
The draw leaves City sixth in the table, five points behind the leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, while the 19th-placed West Brom moves to within two points of safety. There is still a potential chance for them to top the table and put up a tough play if they resist their player strategies and avoiding injury casualties.
MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION TEAM NEWS:
Pep Guardiola made four changes to the Manchester City side that claimed a point on Saturday’s derby at Old Trafford. Sicking with the new plan can make the city giants start a new rival opportunity against their oppenents.
Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy replaced John Stones and Kyle Walker in defence. Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan came in for Fernandinho in midfield, and Foden came into midfield as Mahrez dropped to the bench.
Jake Livermore returned to captain West Brom as Slaven Bilic made three changes following the defeat at Newcastle.
The English Midfielder Livermore took Filip Krovinovic’s place in the Baggies’ starting line-up, which also featured the returning of Kieran Gibbs and Grady Diangana’s start at the Etihad. Branislav Ivanovic and Callum Robinson were the other players to drop to the bench.
Guardiola’s men were the favorites as West Brom had not picked up an away point against City since 2005.
The city seemed on course for a customary home win against West Brom when Gundogan applied a first-time finish to Raheem Sterling’s cutback after half an hour.
The Baggies hit back before the break as Semi Ajayi’s strike deflected in off Ruben Dias in the 43rd min. City laid siege to the West Brom goal in the second half but found Sam Johnstone in inspired form.
Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and Gundogan all had excellent late chances but were denied by former Manchester United stopper Johnstone.
West Brom ended a 13-game losing streak against Manchester City in the Premier League, picking up their first point against them since a 0-0 draw in December 2011.
MANAGER THOUGHTS REVEAL THE FRUSTRATIONS AMONG EACH OTHER
“We didn’t create much in the first half, they had a lot of people back, we struggled to win the second balls. In the second half, we did everything, we just couldn’t score”.
“We created enough to win the game, 26 shots I think, you just have to put the ball in. We are struggling with that. We have to be optimistic”.-Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola on his team’s performance
“I’m really proud of the boys. Before the game, we asked them to believe, to work hard for each other, to try to frustrate City and wait for our chance to penetrate and create chances- and we did everything.”-West Brom boss Slaven Bilic
It was equally a tough time for both the teams as they completely lacked their pace in the 2020-21 Premier League season. But, key starrers like Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne on Guardiola’s side can trigger for a targeted play in their upcoming fixtures ahead of the January Transfer Window.
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