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Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield: 5 Talking Points

Sachin Bhat
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Manchester City were coronated as the champions today
Manchester City were coronated as the champions today

Manchester City were stopped in their tracks by a resilient Huddersfield, who forced an unlikely share of spoils in a drab goalless stalemate at the Etihad.

The Premier League champions were expected to saunter past the bottom-half-of-the-table visitors but were instead pegged back by some robust defending from the Terriers. They played a compact 5-3-2 system and City had a frustrating time in trying to breach the packed rearguard.

For all the huff and puff in search of a winner till the last second, they just couldn't break through. This was one of Manchester City's most underwhelming outings in the league this season. But fortunately, the title is already sewn up. So they wouldn't care two hoots.

Here are the major talking points from the game.

#1 Manchester City were never more stifled this season

Manchester City were rendered ineffective
Manchester City were rendered ineffective

In 36 games played so far, the Sky Blues were shut out just once - in the goalless stalemate to Crystal Palace in December. Whilst that's a testament to how blistering the attack has been this term, there have been instances where they struggled and only individual moments of quality saw them through. But today, it was at its lowest ebb.

City averaged a staggering 80% possession but stemmed little to no creativity. The likes of De Bruyne and Silva appeared to be running out of steam, while the front three ran into a stonewall. Of all the attempts in finding the net - 18 of them - just two were on target. But both were easily thwarted by Jonas Lossl.

City have been so rampant throughout the season, that they appeared a pale imitation of themselves today. They never appeared more stifled this season in the Premier League.

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