Manchester City failed to overcome Crystal Palace as Roy Hodson’s men were able to come out of the game with a point in their favour. However, they might have missed out on all three points Palace took the lead and then gave it away after a two-goal blitz from Sergio Aguero.
With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned from the match.
3. City’s defence could land them in trouble
Manchester City’s decision to start the season with three central defenders has already cost them dearly. The league is out of their reach now with Liverpool cruising with a 13-point lead and two games in hand.
Against Palace, they had to play Fernandinho and John Stones in defence and we have seen time and again that this has cost the Citizens a lot this season. Thankfully for them, Laporte is going to be back soon but he will just have returned from a long injury lay off and could take time to get back to his best.
2. Sergio Aguero is a City legend
Sergio Aguero has been at Manchester City for almost 9 years now. In that time, he has scored 251 goals from 360 matches and two of the latest ones came against Palace.
Hodgson’s men had taken the lead in the form of Cenk Tosun. However, with just 8 minutes of normal time left, Aguero scored to equalise. Five minutes later, he scored again to give his side the lead.
Even in his 30s, Aguero is going strong for the Citizens and it is likely that he will continue it for a few more years.
1. Mahrez is essential
Manchester City have some great players in their squad but there are some players without whom the side doesn’t work and Riyad Mahrez seems to be one of those players. The Algerian international adds flair to the right-wing and is generally a nightmare for the opposition to face. Guardiola opted to start him from the bench against Palace last night.
As it turned out, City lacked the spark on the right. Without him, City have earned only 1.82 points-per-game as compared to 2.3 points with him – and yesterday was just a testament that.