Premier League 2017/18: West Brom 2-3 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points
As the Premier League headed into Gameweek 10 in England, leaders Manchester City continued their thrilling run of form after recording a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns. The first fifteen minutes saw three goals being scored, as City took the lead two times, subsequently going on to win the game.
Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling made it to the scoresheet for the Cityzens as Jay Rodriguez and Matt Philips fizzed two at home against the mighty league leaders. In another scenario, Manchester United emerged as worthy chasers after beating Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Here are 5 talking points from the game as Guardiola's men maintained their 5-point lead at the top of the table:
#5 Tony Pulis will rue the missed chances
To start with, West Brom were already facing a big hurdle in facing the Blues, having gone winless in their last eight games. Also, looking at the history of their clash, it did them no good knowing that they had 1 draw and 14 losses in their last 15 games versus Manchester City. To add further, West Brom were eliminated in the Carabao Cup by City in a 2-1 loss at home.
Guardiola's men have looked intimidating and the Hawthorns-based outfit were expected to be a little cautious with defence. Yet, City's stellar attacking prowess didn't deter West Brom from playing an attacking brand of football. They had a remarkable number of shots and chances under their belt, considering the scarcity of possession.
With Leroy Sane scoring in the 10th minute, Pulis' men were quick enough to equalize through Jay Rodriguez three minutes later. They showed great determination to fight back, after taking 6 shots in a mere 21.7% possession they had throughout the game.
Albeit West Brom netted twice, they could have held City to a draw. Rondon and Krychowiak had two headers denied by keeper Ederson, and they proved to be decisive in the fixture.