Manchester City stumble again to Shelvey stunner at Newcastle

Ross Houston
December 1, 2019

They've conceded seven goals from the last 13 shots they've faced while scoring just six from their last 23 shots.

Newcastle defended admirably in the second half and held their own despite City attempting to pile on the pressure, only for Kevin de Bruyne to unleash a world-class strike inside the final ten minutes to give City the lead, and what looked like the win.

Pep Guardiola's side were twice in front at Newcastle United yesterday but they returned home with a 2-2 draw that opened the door for Liverpool to move 11 points clear.

Now, Manchester City could very well be out of the title race already, as Liverpool look set to run away with it.

They were fortunate to beat Chelsea 2-1 last week and before the worldwide break struggled past a Southampton side crushed 9-0 at home by Leicester City.

City went into their game at St James' Park already nine points behind table toppers Liverpool and knowing they couldn't afford to drop more points.

One win in their last five games in all competitions is a worrying statistic for Guardiola, who can only hope that cracks finally start to appear in Liverpool's armour in the busy month ahead.

Guardiola, however, said it was not a case of his side in decline.

After the match, Guardiola said (via The Chronicle): "The way we played was really good, we created chances and 10 players in the box is not easy, Dubravka made good saves. We found a way today but at the end we conceded a goal".

This time last season, they'd conceded just six goals, keeping clean sheets in eight out of their opening 14 games.

"Sometimes it happens. The tempo was good all the time. I don't know if we can catch Liverpool", Guardiola said after defeat at Anfield in November.

"I can not explain. We need a board and a machine to explain".

Second-bottom Southampton host bottom side Watford in the day's late match.

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