June 22, 2024

The Treble winners have not won in four league matches and are six points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League.

After their 1-0 loss at Aston Villa on Wednesday night manager Pep Guardiola admitted his side “are struggling”.

And former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes the champions are “in a mini crisis”, telling BBC Match of the Day “they look vulnerable”.

Leon Bailey’s 74th-minute deflected shot gave Villa a deserved victory – one which meant City dropped to fourth in the table, behind Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal.

With so many challengers emerging, is City’s crown starting to slip after three successive titles?

The stats do not look good for a Manchester City side hunting a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League title.

  • City have gone four Premier League games without a win for the first time since April 2017, having drawn with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham before their loss Aston Villa.

  • City conceded 17 goals across their first 15 Premier League matches for the first time since 2009-10 when they finished fifth.

  • They attempted just two shots against Villa – the fewest ever by a Guardiola team in a game within Europe’s big five leagues (a run of 535 games)

  • The 22 shots from Aston Villa was the joint-most faced by a Guardiola side in the same period

  • Man City have lost all four matches Rodri has not played this season

It is worth mentioning though that in their 2018-19 title-winning season under Guardiola, City were 10 points off top spot after 19 games and still went on to win the Premier League with 98 points.

Do not count them out just yet.

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