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MetiNews.Com - Manchester City were unrecognisable in the Premier League defeat to Tottenham, their first game after Pep Guardiola's new contract.
Breaking News ! The statistic used by Sky Sports to accompany a miserable-looking Pep Guardiola in the closing stages at Tottenham was that he has never started a season as badly as this one. Manchester City dropped their 12th points of the season after eight games, just two less than they dropped in the whole of the Centurions season in 2017/18. That in itself is concerning, especially as City are already eight points behind the top of the Premier League, but more worrying is how Guardiola's men never really looked like getting back into the game from the moment Heung-Min Son opened the scoring on five minutes. City went into this game having failed to score more than once in their last five Premier League games. 10 goals scored from eight games is symptomatic of their struggles so far, as opposition sides know that one goal against this side is enough to get some points off one of the most fearsome sides infront of goal the Premier League has ever seen. Tottenham vs Man City Highlights and reaction Player ratings Match verdict Match in pictures Just saying that is something that you wouldn't dream of levelling at City in Guardiola's previous four seasons. In the past, City have never been perfect defensively, but they have always been reliable to score their way to victory. So as Guardiola embarks on a new era following his commitment to two further years in charge, he has a glaring issue to fix before any other. Scoring goals, even when 11 men are between the ball and the goal. Before the game, Guardiola played down City's scoring problems, saying: "Team is perfect, so good. We will score, it's the same team, 80-90 per cent that scored more than 100 the last seasons. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "The team is so good. We're going to try and do it again, focus on every game.
. Then until the next international break, in four months. In six months the season is over. So go out there on the pitch, let them play and try to do our best." It's telling that Guardiola referenced the amount of games his players have to manage when answering a question about their lack of goals, but at some point the manager will simply have to accept that City will have a game every three or four days and get on with it. He has a better squad to deal with such demands than many of his European rivals.
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He should be more worried that Jose Mourinho thwarted City's half-hearted attempts at breaking down his deep-lying defence so easily. Mourinho knew full well that scoring first would give Spurs a mighty chance of getting a positive result, and he pulled off his gameplan perfectly, knowing how to stop City. Guardiola also pointed to the fact that Sergio Aguero's return alongside Gabriel Jesus is 'so important' to the team, and he might be right. Having two strikers available and fully fit for the first time this season for a crucial run before Christmas might be a boost for the sharpness infront of goal automatically. However the improvement comes, as a new era of Guardiola's reign at City begins, his first problem to solve will be to fix one of the constant characteristics of his career. Putting the ball in the back of the net.