Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City got out to a 10 game win streak. They were 6-0-0 in the Premier League and 4-0-0 in other competitions. Then they went to Celtic, a team that lost 7-0 in the first Group Stage to Barcelona and were held to a 3-3 draw. No big deal right? Every win streak must end at some point.
But, they followed that up with their first loss under Guardiola in a big match at Tottenham, where a win would have given them a huge lead in the Premier League, but instead cut their lead to one point. Then after a two week break, which should have given them time to rest up and get right again before facing Everton, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home, failing to capitalize on two penalty kicks, one from Sergio Aguero who cannot seem to make a PK if his life depended on it, and then one from Kevin DeBruyne. So in a match where they held possession for three-fourths of the match, they came away with only one point.
Now City faces Barcelona this week in Group Play of the Champions League. The match once looked like a fantastic one, but now it looks as if Barcelona will win easily. Man City has been great under Guardiola at scoring, but has been suspect on defense. Perhaps if they get Vincent Kompany healthy at some point, that will change.
City has only one clean sheet in eight Premier League matches, that a 4-0 win over Bournemouth. If you recall, last season it was Week Five before any EPL team scored against them. Now they will face the high scoring team of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez twice in the next two weeks. This has a potential disaster written all over it.
Somewhere Joe Hart must be chuckling a bit.