By Score More Staff
Manchester City’s recent defeat at the hands of Aston Villa has left them in a rare predicament, marking their fourth consecutive Premier League game without a victory. This uncharacteristic downturn in form raises concerns for Pep Guardiola and the City faithful, who have become accustomed to their team’s relentless dominance.
The last time Manchester City experienced such a four-game winless streak in the Premier League was during Pep Guardiola’s inaugural season in charge. Back in March 2017, City endured a challenging run that ultimately saw them finish in third place, a far cry from their usual title-chasing standards.
Guardiola’s debut Premier League campaign started on a high note with six consecutive wins. However, vulnerabilities in defense were exposed as City managed to win only seven of their next 16 games. Despite a promising run in February, including a four-game winning streak, their fortunes took a turn for the worse in March.
The challenging stretch began with a frustrating goalless draw against Stoke City, followed by a Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco. A 1-1 draw with Liverpool and a 2-2 stalemate against Arsenal further dented City’s title aspirations. A crucial clash with league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge ended in a 2-1 defeat, effectively ending their hopes of claiming the title that season.
Fast forward to the present, and City’s recent dip in form is drawing parallels to that challenging period in Guardiola’s first season. Injuries and departures have left the team looking less formidable, reminiscent of the vulnerability observed in the early days of Guardiola’s tenure.
Despite the concerning trend, Pep Guardiola remains optimistic, acknowledging that the current slump has occurred early in the 2023/24 season. However, with the festive fixtures approaching and City’s participation in the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia, the manager is aware that a prolonged decline could jeopardize their quest for a fourth consecutive league title.
As Manchester City navigates through this challenging period, fans and pundits alike will be watching closely to see if Guardiola’s men can recapture their winning form and reestablish their dominance in the Premier League. The journey ahead promises to be a test of resilience and character for the defending champions.