Manchester City surprise defeat from Wolves
The defending champions, Manchester City has just experienced eight points drift away from the leading team, Liverpool in the race for the title. The club has suffered a shock home defeat against Wolves.
For the first time since 1979, Wolves has won against Manchester City. In the final 10 minutes, Adama Traore scored twice lending a win to Wolves as they capitalized on a mistake from Joao Cancelo.
Adama added the second goal on the break deep into injury time. This must be a massive celebration night for Wolves.
On both occasions, Raul Jimenez provided assists.
Adama had not scored since September 2018. Nevertheless, the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defense.
On to Manchester City, the club has now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season. This is different from last season where they dropped three points and seven points the year before that.
This is the second time in 45 league games that City has failed to score. The last time it happened was at home in the League against Huddersfield in May 2018 by which they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.
City defensive errors mercilessly punished
It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so I the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race. So fine are the margins in the battle between the Champions and the leaders, Liverpool.
City and Wolves had engaged in European combat this week. The fact that City did not travel 4,000 miles to Turkey and back, and had an additional two days’ rest, should have given them a clear advantage.
Them failing to make the most out of it is entirely due to their failings.
Through misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.
Patrick Cutrone messed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho costing him a shooting chance.
In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men a magnificent double block.
At the back of their minds, City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally did cost them.
The moment Cancelo lost possession allowing Jimenez to race on, Otamendi slipped, rolled the ball to Traore who finished cleanly.