Manchester City is eighth on the table after 11 games in the Barclays Premier League. Despite having scored more goals than any other team in the League, Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are already six points behind league leaders Arsenal. Their inconsistency could be very costly come the end of the season.
Along with Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea, Manchester City was the big favorite to win the Premier League title before the start of the season. After 11 games, the Citizens have already lost four times despite having the best attack in the league. Pellegrini’s men have already scored 28 goals against only 22 for Arsenal. The Citizens have produced some stellar performances, beating Newcastle and Manchester United 4-0 and 4-1 respectively before destroying Norwich 7-0. Unfortunately, each one of those performances was followed by a loss.
City’s eighth place is mainly due to their poor away record. The Citizens have won all of their five home games but have lost four times, for one draw and won only once in six away games picking up only four points out of 18. Not enough for a title contender that has players like Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in its squad. In comparison, Arsenal has picked up 13 points out of eighteen from their travels.
Also, Pellegrini’s men have lost many points against lower ranked teams. Three of City’s four losses have come against teams in the bottom half of the table (Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Sunderland) in games that a team of their caliber should not have lost. The Citizens’ inconsistency has allowed their neighbors Manchester United to go ahead of them on the table despite United’s bad start of the season.
Manchester City has got one of the best squads in the Premier League but hasn’t lived up to the expectations yet. The Citizens’ inconsistency has already cost them a lot of points this season. To be champions in May, Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have to be more consistent than they have been so far.