Manchester City have already conceded the same number of goals as they did the whole of last season

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Manchester City's title defence is falling apart at the seams after yet another loss to Wolves on Friday night.


After a Raheem Sterling brace gave them a two goal buffer, Pep Guardiola watched on in horror as his team collapsed in the final 15 minutes.

Wolves smashed three past Claudio Bravo - who was on the field after Ederson was shown a straight red card - to turn the game on its head and complete the double over the reigning champions.

City are now a staggering 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool, having played a game less and it really does look like that dream of three consecutive league titles shall remain just that - a dream.

City's drop off in form this season has been rather alarming though and they will be desperate to right the ship in the new year to at least give Liverpool something to think about.


However, a statistic doing the rounds on Twitter shows just how far they've fallen in comparison to their dominance of last season.

At the halfway point this season, City have conceded exactly the same number of goals as they did over the entirety of the last campaign.

After 38 games Guardiola's side had picked the ball out of their own net just 23 times but now they have matched that tally before the new year has even dawned.

Aymeric Laporte's injury has undoubtedly been a massive blow for the City backline, who have struggled to fill the gigantic hole left by the Frenchman.

They have however, looked a shadow of the side that stormed to two consecutive titles and have wilted under the heat of Liverpool's unrelenting march towards their first Premier League title.

GIVEMESPORT's Paul Conolly says:

Pep may never say it out loud, but it might be time to give up on the Premier League this season and throw himself headlong at the Champions League.

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A first ever European cup would be the ideal way to soften the blow of relinquishing their grip on the Premier League and Guardiola will be desperate to finally end his continental hoodoo.

The last time he won the biggest prize in club football was when he had Lionel Messi banging them in for fun and that has been a monkey that has dogged him ever since.

The time has come for him to prove himself capable of winning big without the Argentine maestro, and, with the Premier League chase seemingly over, he can invest all he has into the Champions League. 


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