It may be a little early to start calling it a crisis, but Manchester City are now without a win in five games across all competitions. This is Guardiola’s longest winless run since March 2009.
Pep locked his players in the dressing room at the Etihad for 45 minutes after the game, presumably to give them an almighty bollocking for equalling his worst ever run as a manager.
Their midweek battering at the Nou Camp was embarrassing because of its nature – Claudio Bravo’s red card and Sergio Aguero sat on the bench – but forgivable because, after all, it was Barcelona.
Fast forward to this Sunday’s game, where City grabbed a point against Southampton thanks to the efforts of super-sub Kelechi Iheanacho.
City have racked up 20 points after nine games, Guardiola’s lowest ever total in his managerial career. Last season at Bayern Munich, he had racked up an impressive 27 at this point. Even during his first season at the German side in 2013/14, he had 23 points. He went on to win five tournaments that campaign – the most successful year in the club’s history.
The air of invincibility of their initial ten straight wins has been stripped away, although if it’s any consolation to City fans, the last time he went winless for five games, in his first season at Barcelona in the 2008/09 campaign, he went on to win La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
Five key stats around Manchester City & Pep’s current performances:
- The Blues did not register a shot in the first half of their game against Saints on Sunday.
- Iheanacho has found the net eight times in his last 11 Premier League outings, and has scored a goal every seven minutes in the Champions League for City.
- City have failed to win any of their last eight home league games where they have been behind at half-time.
- Despite City’s poor run of form, they are still top of the Premier League on goal difference.
- In every season where Pep has won the league, he was on more points than he is at the Etihad after nine weeks. His next worst-performing season at this stage was in 2014/15, where Bayern went on to win their next eight games.