Manchester City was stunned by clinical Ivan Toney‘s brilliance, as they faced a shocking 2-1 home defeat against Brentford. The Brentford captain gave the perfect response after missing out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England World Cup squad to Qatar.
After playing 14 games, Manchester City is in the second spot with 32 points after facing a home loss against Brentford. Brentford is now the 10th in the league table with 19 points.
Throughout the game, Manchester City controlled the ball, but Brentford was very lethal in attack. Especially, Ivan Toney was a continuous threat to Manchester City defenders.
On the other hand, Erling Haaland hardly touched the ball. Brentford’s centre-backs did not give the Norwegian much space, as he had only 21 touches on the ball.
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Pep Guardiola introduced his team with all of his first team players with a 4-3-3 formation. Erling Haaland was leading the attack with Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden on the flanks.
Thomas Frank’s Brentford started with the 3-5-2 formation, as Ivan Toney and Mbuembo were leading the attack against the last year’s Premier League champion.
Toney headed in the opener in the 16th minute. But Foden struck a wonderful volley in the injury time before the half time and levelled the scoreline for City. Toney had deservedly headed in the opener in the 16th minute.
In the 98th minute of the game, Ivan Toney scores the winner. The scoreline would have become 3-1 if De Bruyne did not deflect the ball in the final moment.
Manchester City had staggering 29 shots, but they had only 6 shots on target despite having Premier League’s best striker in their squad. The champions also maintained 75% of possession.
But it was Brentford’s counter-attacking football that outclassed City’s possession-based football. Ivan Toney had 5 attempts on goal throughout the game with all 5 were on target. He scored 2 goals among those 5 attempts. But the team had a total of only 10 shots, but they had more shots on targets than the dominant City attack. They also maintained just 25% of the possession of the game.
Both Managers on Manchester City’s Defeat
During the post-match interview, Guardiola explained how City was unable to compete with Brentford. He revealed: “The best team won, we struggled from the beginning and we couldn’t deal with their long balls. Usually, you press the balls to win it but this was different. They defended so deep and so well.”
On the win, Brentford manager Thomas Frank delightedly said: “The best team won, we struggled from the beginning and we couldn’t deal with their long balls. Usually, you press the balls to win it but this was different. They defended so deep and so well.”
This was the last fixture of Manchester City before the World Cup tournament. Their next game will commence on 20th December against Liverpool for the EFL Cup fixture.