How Manchester City’s Poor Away Form Nearly Derailed Their Title Run

How Manchester City’s Poor Away Form Nearly Derailed Their Title Run

Elijah Odetokun
May 31, 2023 at 10:55 AM
  • Manchester City's dominant second half of the season helped them to win the league title
  • Arsenal lost an eight-point advantage in the Premier League title race to finish in second
  • Pep Guardiola’s men were not perfect and had a factor that could have made them lose it

Manchester City put up a strong challenge and eventually overtook Arsenal in the Premier League title race, but they could have lost it as well.

The Citizens trailed the Gunners for most of the season before winning it with three games to spare, after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest to also ensured Forest’s safety.

Man City won their third consecutive title and fifth in the last six years under Pep Guardiola, with Liverpool’s title winners of 2020 the only team to break their dominance.

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Ilkay Gundogan lifts the Premier League trophy with his Man City teammates after beating Chelsea. Photo by Visionhaus.
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City are on course for a treble with the FA Cup final against Manchester United and the UEFA Champions League final against Inter Milan still to come in the next 10 days.

City nearly lost EPL title

One of the advantages Man City had over Arsenal was beating the challengers home and away with an aggregate scoreline of 7-2, which proved helpful in the long run.

However, City’s away form nearly collapsed their own title aspirations.

According to SportBible, against teams who finished in the top nine, the champions only won once - against Arsenal - while also drawing three and losing five.

Attention was somewhat put on Manchester United. According to The Independent, the Red Devils failed to win away against any top nine teams, securing only a draw against Tottenham, but City have it almost the same.

Three consecutive draws against Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton were crucial to Arsenal’s collapse, but Caught Offside reports that a poor home form where only five teams conceded more goals also cost Mikel Arteta’s side.

City should not underestimate Inter

Manchester City are the odds-on favourite to win the Champions League final against Inter Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 10.

However, Sports Brief analysed two important reasons why City should not underrate Inter, or they could be in for a shocker similar to their loss to Chelsea in 2021.

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