After Liverpool capitulated against Crystal Palace, Manchester City will now have more motivation than ever to beat Aston Villa on Wednesday. A win for City would mean that, even though you wouldn’t exactly expect it, even a draw with West Ham United this weekend would be enough to see them crowned Premier League champions.
That Liverpool result could be more significant than some people initially realize. In recent games, City have not looked at their best; they have won games with some individual quality and some experience too. It hasn’t been the same City that swept all aside earlier in the season by any means.
City, in all honesty, have a little looked out of gas lately. They look like they have given everything they have, and now they’re just trying to get over the line any way they can. It’s not surprising seeing as City have used less players than their Champions League rivals but played more games than most; that’s going to catch up with you in the end.
Injuries, especially to key players, have taken a toll, and City just look like everything has caught up with them in recent weeks. But even though they have managed to sneak the wins they have needed in recent games, it did make the final two games that little bit more dangerous than they would usually be. A City who are flying would ordinarily slice straight through both Villa and West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.
But the way City have been playing, that was certainly no given. Now, though, after Liverpool’s draw with Palace, that will be the most perfect pick-me-up they could possibly of asked for. They know that a win on Wednesday means that even an unlikely draw against West Ham would still be enough to be champions, and that’s presuming Liverpool beat Newcastle United over the weekend.
Liverpool really had to put the pressure on City and give them work to do. Now, all the City players will have received a lift from the Liverpool result. It was the perfect result at the perfect time for City, and although they’re out of gas right now, it could be the result that pushes them over the finish line.