Nov 17, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT
For most of the season, Manchester City has seemed intent on becoming the least impressive undefeated them since, well, Juventus. They’re conceding more often than they did last year, scoring less, yet they still came into Saturday’s match against Aston Villa undefeated (7-0-4). If that’s what City does when they’re not playing well, they might be title favorites when they finally wake up.
On Saturday, City showed their first signs of life, battering Aston Villa 5-0 at Eastlands. Carlos Tévez scored twice.
Sergio Agüero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva Sergio Agüero added two more, and David Silva also got on the scoresheet in a match which, despite two penalties called by a linesman, played as lopsided as the score indicates. City got 10 shots on target to Villa’s two (26-11 overall) and had an Opta-reported possession of 67 percent. It was a bludgeoning.
And of course, Brad Guzan bore the brunt of the assault, though whereas the U.S. international has generally been a bright spot in goal for Villa, today he was culpable for a goal that should have been stopped. Having conceded three, Guzan left too much space between himself and his left post in the 67th minute, allowing Agüero to blast a sharp-angle shot just past the keeper’s left foot.
It was a rare error for Guzan, though you wonder if the former Chivas USA star may eventually suffer the same kind of shell shock that befell Dan Kennedy. Like the former Goat goalkeeper, Guzan’s getting no help while trying to stay sane behind a defense that’s missing Richard Dunne and a midfield that has Barry Bannan and Ashley Westwood trying to protect the defense.
And things don’t get much easier for Guzan next week. Arsenal, scorers of 18 goals in their last five games, visit Villa Park on Saturday.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT
Shaw speaks to PST: “Manchester United are the biggest club in the world. I didn’t think twice when they wanted to sign me.”
Jul 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT
When a guy many consider a footballing genius gives the United States coach praise, that’s a pretty cool feather in Klinsmann’s cap.
Jul 22, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT
Premier Leaguers in the U.S. on Tuesday = A day of open training sessions, autographs, football helmets and golf clubs.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT
The 19-year-old is a promising prospect, but is dealing with negative headlines after being subject to abuse on Tuesday in Croatia.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT
Fraser Forster will be sticking at Celtic, for now, after Southampton reportedly lowballed the Scottish powers.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Hand on shoulder, hair-coiffed, warm smile… next! Becks makes the rounds on the United’s U.S. tour.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
There have been reports of where the 32-year-old American left sider will not be going, but little as to where he will.
Jul 22, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT
For every “stars… they’re just like us” moment a player gives you, there are moments like this, which will not happen to 99.9999% of us at work in our lives
Jul 22, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
Xavi set to remain at Barcelona until January, at least.
Jul 22, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT
Yeah. This is actually happened… as Stoke pull off a major coup.
Jul 22, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
Guardiola: “He trains well, he’s a good guy and my first idea is that he’s going to stay for the rest of the season.”
Jul 22, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT
Will Lovren become the third Saints player to join Liverpool this summer? If the price is right, it sure looks that way.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT
Where will Rodriguez line up next season for Real? Here’s an in-depth look at the options.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT
Second time around, Dunga will lead Brazil’s new era.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT
What do you get for $107 million in today’s world? A red-hot 23-year-old Colombian striker, that’s what.
Jul 22, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
Klopp says Hummels is not for sale… not at the price reported anyway.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT
James is officially a Real Madrid player.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT
Douglas Costa: “We all run a deadly risk if we are in the region.”
Jul 22, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT
Will the Colombian winger be heading to Old Trafford this summer?
Jul 22, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
23-year-old will complete his $107 million move and be introduced at the Santiago Bernabéu.
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