Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.
Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric Laporte’s six-month absence from the City team due to his knee injury.
Vincent Kompany moved on, and no replacement was signed. Now with Laporte rules out until the new year, City is lacking a defensive leader.
Last season’s Championship winners, used that frailty to inflict a humbling defeat on last seasons Premier League winners.
While Manchester City dominated possession, with almost 70% and had 25 shots, of which 8 were on target. It was not enough to beat a resilient Norwich.
If the truth be told, Norwich probably came into this game thinking damage limitation. They have an injury crisis of their own of immense proportions.
Their bench consisted of two goalkeepers in order to fill their roster. They currently have 11 first teams players out injured.
However, it took only 18 minutes, for Norwich’s Kenny McLean to lose his marker and open the scoring.
Ten minutes later the lead was doubled by Todd Cantwell, finishing simply after some great build-up play from Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki.
Carrow road and the Canaries were ecstatic while City was at sixes and sevens in what can only be described as chaos in the defense.
Sergio Aguero seemed to get City back in the game before the first-half whistle, with a header.
The half time talk from Guardiola surely would be inspiration enough for City to overcome what they must have considered lowly opponents.
The second half was no different, City dominated possession, but Norwich was full of confidence and determined to keep at the Champions.
It took them only five minutes to reek more defensive havoc on the Blues.
This time Pukki was the goal score and Buendia the provider.
In what can only be described as defensive pantomime following a misunderstanding between John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
While City maintained the pressure on Norwich, it was not until the 88th minute, that Rodri opened his Manchester Cty account. But it was all too little too late.
As Daniel Farke’s Norwich City held on for a historic victory over Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team.
In aninterveiw with the BBC, he explained the significance.
“Of course it is a special day for us and for the club. Against one of the best teams in the world and when we have so many injuries.”
“We have so much passion for our owners and we couldn’t ask for more from them so this win is for them.”
“We had to be special in our plan for City because they are the best team in the world but we had setbacks too with our injuries, but we deserve the win today we were exceptional.”
The Manchester City boss was a touch on the defensive side after the shock result.
After the game Guardiola told Sky Sport:
“It was a good game. They arrived three or four times [in front of our goal].”
In fact, Norwich only had three shots on goal and converted all three.
Guardiola was defensive of his team and continued:
“At the same time, I know what we can do. I love my players and it’s an honour to be with them.”
“The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover now and come back.”
“Normally I count how many chances they create. I don’t have that feeling that they had many chances to score a goal, which sometimes happens.”
The result leaves City five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who are now the only team with a 100% record.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) September 14, 2019