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Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Craig Pawson
6th October 2019 2:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Manchester City

  • 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    • ‘80' Adama Traoré
    • ‘90'+4' Adama Traoré

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

16:41

Signing off

Pep Guardiola finished his post-match press conference by reminding everyone that there is a long way to go and that his side will keep fighting.

After a disappointing result, that seems like a good note on which to end things ahead of a two week break for international fixtures.

We'll be back in action on Saturday 19 October, when we travel to Crystal Palace hoping to get back to winning ways. 

As always, we'll have live updates right here on mancity.com.

See you then! 👍

16:33

Pep reacts

Guardiola: "It was not our best day. We started good, we wanted to be patient with our game because we know how good they defend. We let them run twice, got nervous a little bit and our process to create chances was not good. We had the problems on the counter-attack in the end and it was a bad day.

"They defend. They play long balls and defend, they then go on the counter. It is physical team, a strong team so know how good they are. We know their qualities and we knew how they scored the goals. We were not organised, lost balls in positions we could not lose them in."

16:22

Ilkay's verdict

Gundogan: "We are frustrated. We are sad, disappointed. We have to admit that today was not enough. It’s very unusual for us. Wolves did well. They had three or four situations where they were running through in the first half.

"We struggled to create chances. We had a few, but in the end it was not enough and that’s how it is. It is difficult to take right now, especially with the international break, when you have two weeks with no club game. We have to do better after."

16:02

A tough one to take, that, Blues. 

We've created chances but weren't at our free-flowing best today against a Wolves side who defended resolutely throughout.

At the other end, after Pep Guardiola spoke of the importance of not conceding chances, the visitors carved a number of clear cut opportunities thanks to the powerful forward play of Cutrone and Jimenez.

Eventually, it paid off, with Traore holding his nerve to score two one on ones. 

A disappointing day all round. 😫

15:55

Goal: City 0-2 Wolves

Another breakaway from Wolves, with Adama Traore sliding the ball into the bottom right corner for the second time this afternoon.

88'

The kitchen sink

Three minutes of normal time remaining and, unsurprisingly, it is all City as we push for an equaliser. 

Wolves have five men lined up on the edge of their box and so far, they're getting headers, blocks and deflections on any balls that come their way.

83'

That goal was this game in a nutshell.

City were deep in the Wolves half but the stubborn wall of black shirts cleared the ball and another powerful Jimenez run took him past Otamendi before he squared to give Traore the simplest of finishes.

Open
76'

Final change

An attacking change from Pep as he looks to break the deadlock.

It's Gabriel Jesus for David Silva. 

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, Gabriel!!!!!!!

Open
71'

Agonising!

It just won't go in! 😫

David Silva pings the crossbar with a 20-yard free-kick, which a relieved Rui Patricio can only watch and it sparks mayhem in the Wolves box.

Sergio Aguero has a shot blocked, before Rodrigo gets in the way of a Raheem Sterling effort only to divert it into the path of Silva, who volleys over.

50'

Same again?

We're back under way here and the early exchanges look very familiar to the first half.

City knock the ball around before winning a corner, from which Wolves break and Rodrigo is forced to bring Cutrone down 25-yards out as he goes on another surging run. 

The Wolves front two have caused us a host of problems with their powerful running.

Open
45'

Enter Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko has come on for Kyle Walker, so Joao Cancelo has moved to right-back. 

Let's see how he gets on in his preferred position - he was a real threat going forward in the first half! 

HT

Changes

Oleksandr Zinchenko is out on the pitch at half-time and going through a rigorous warm-up.

No indication as to who he's coming on for but the Ukrainian looks certain to enter the fray once we restart.

HT

Andddddd breathe.

This has been a cracking game for a 0-0.

Both sets of players will feel like they could be ahead, but perhaps it's Wolves who will feel most aggrieved. City have twice forced Rui Patricio into good saves, through Sterling and Walker, but the visitors have wasted three golden opportunities to take the lead. 

Cutrone inexplicably and thankfully shot wide, whilst Fernandinho twice recovered  to thwart Jimenez. 

It's finely balanced! 

Open
46'

Getting closer!

We've definitely found our feet since those early scares and Kyle Walker is the latest player to go close.

Rodrigo squared the ball to him 25-yards from goal and Walker looked to have hit an inch perfect strike just inside the left post, but Rui Patricio scrambled across his line to gather the ball. 

Another good strike met by a good strike from the Portuguese keeper. 😞

41'

Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez seem to be employing a series of fakes before taking any free-kicks today.

Big fan. 🙌

The away fans don't seem to share my appreciation however...

35'

Taking it to them

Joao Cancelo is looking more than comfortable on the left flank. 👍

He twists and turns inside the box, before lofting the ball to the far post, where it's met by Sergio Aguero. He tries to pick out Raheem Sterling with a header across goal, but Conor Coady is again there to head it away from danger.

34'

That's more like it!

It's Wolves turn to be under pressure and Raheem Sterling goes close to finding an opener.

David Silva finds him on the left hand side of the penalty area and he arrows one to the far corner. It's a great hit but Rui Patricio is at full stretch to palm it away.

Better, City! 💪

31'

Fighting back

Raheem Sterling wins a free-kick in a promising area - about 20-yards from goal. Ilkay Gundogan gets it over the wall but it's the wrong side of the left post. 

A shake of the head from the German indicates he feels he should have done better. 

27'

Fernaaaaa

Nuno Espirito Santo said his side would come to play and he has been true to his word so far. 

Jiminez was at it again but Fernandinho recovered to ease him off the ball as he pulled his foot back to shoot. 

After our early promise, Wolves have taken control of the game.

23'

End to end!

The curse of the commentator! Forget what I just said as it is heating up here.

Riyad Mahrez is central to proceedings. He had a goal bound volley headed clear by Conor Coady before his misplaced pass allowed Raul Jiminez a run at goal. 

The Mexican shaped to shoot but Fernandinho slid in to block it. 

Another let off us!  

17'

Business as usual

Wolves had that early chance through Patrick Cutrone, but this is shaping up to be the type of game we've come to expect at the Etihad.

City dominating the ball and the visitors camped in their own half with 11 men behind the ball. 👍

Open
14'

Saiss succumbs

Wolves are forced into an early change, with Saiss unable to continue with what looks like a hamstring injury.

Ryan Bennett comes on to replace him in a like for like swap. 

Open
12'

Ouch 🤕

A bit of delay as Wolves centre-half Romain Saiss goes down after trying to tackle Sergio Aguero.

The Moroccan limps off and looks fit enough to carry on but after the next passage of play he's down again. Wolves readying their subs...

7'

Phew!

A HUGE let off for Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho at the back.

Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone raced onto a ball over the top and was in acres of space. He had loads of time to pick his spot but fired wide as Ederson rushed out of goal. 

A warning!⚠️

4'

Early promise

A first sign of life from City as Joao Cancelo feeds Raheem Sterling down the left and he squares for Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine takes a touch before pulling the trigger, but his effort is blocked. 👎

14:01

It's nearly time!

🎵 Na, na, na, na, na, naaaaa, City 🎵 rings out as the players take to the pitch to a brilliant reception here at the Etihad.

You can’t not love this team can you?

A tough game today, but let’s hope we get the job done - our home form is 👌


13:49

Half century approaching

He's not in the starting lineup today, but if Gabriel Jesus comes off the bench and scores it will be his 50th goal in a City shirt.

Go on, Gabriel! 💪

13:43

Stat pack 📈

Some good omens, here!

🔹 Wolves have won just two of their 10 Premier League matches against us, both at home.

🔹 We have not lost a top-flight home game against Wolves since December 1979.

🔹 Our total of 27 goals in our opening seven league games is the most by any top-flight team since Everton also netted 27 in 1894.

🔹 We are undefeated in our last 13 outings following a Champions League fixture, winning 12 times.

13:20

Versatile Cancelo ↔️

So, Joao Cancelo fills the Benjamin Mendy void on the left side of our defence today. The Portugal international is a right-back by trade, but has been utilised on the left on occasion at his three previous clubs - Juventus, Inter Milan and Valencia. 

13:15

Talking tactics

Club Journalist, Rob Pollard: 

"It’s 4-3-3 for City, with a back four of Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho and Joao Cancelo protecting Ederson in goal.

"Rodri, quietly superb in recent weeks, anchors the midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva providing guile ahead of him.

"Sergio Aguero is back leading the line, with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, our two form players in September, offering width and goals in support of the Argentine."

13:09

Benjamin Mendy update

Benjamin Mendy misses today’s game after sustaining an injury to his left hamstring.

The French full-back is expected to return to action following the international break.

13:01

🚨 TEAM NEWS 🚨

Here’s how we’re lining up today, Blues! 

Pep’s made two changes to the side that started against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, with Kyle Walker coming in for Benjamin Mendy and Raheem Sterling replacing Bernardo Silva.

XI | Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, D Silva (C), Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero.

SUBS | Bravo, G Jesus, Zinchenko, Angelino, Bernardo, Foden, E Garcia.

12:50

Team news incoming ⌚

Just 10 minutes until we find out how we're lining up today.

Remember you can share your thoughts on all things City on Twitter using #cmoncity. 

Let us know how you're feeling before this one! 👍

12:45

The opposition view 🗣️

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is expecting a tough game, but he says his side will come to play at the Etihad...

“Their quality is all over the pitch. They are a fantastic team and the idea of football, the way they play football – the how – it’s very difficult to find solutions to stop how they do it, but we’ll try, and we have to play also.

"We are going to compete, and we enjoy playing against good teams because that can only raise our standards and make us better.”

12:27

Sprint support

This guy was pretty fast wasn't he? It's four time Olympic champion turned BBC pundit, Michael Johnson.

And he's on our side today!

He's backed City for a 3-1 win in the BBC's weekly predictions column with Mark Lawrenson. 👌

12:10

Injury news 🤕

Team news is due in just under an hour at 1pm (BST), but we already know both sides will be without key men today.

Kevin De Bruyne is the latest player Pep Guardiola will have to do without after he picked up a groin injury against Everton last weekend. He joins Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and John Stones on the sideline.

The visitors are denied the services of striker Diogo Jota, who is out with an ankle injury. Other than that, Nuno Espirito Santo has a full squad to choose from.

11:56

🙌 MATCHDAY 🙌

Good morning, everyone! 👋

I'm in position at the Etihad Stadium and I'll be bringing you the latest updates as they happen as we face Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon.

The sun is currently shining on the Etihad pitch, the rain has paused and it is a lovely day for football...

🤞 we're happy at full-time! 

10:01

Pep

“Kyle Walker can do everything.

“But the opinion of the national team manager is there. He made his selection and decides the last two times.

“Kyle respects it, I respect it. It’s a big challenge for Kyle to show him how good he is. He remains an incredible full-back.”

09:59

Pep on Foden

“Everybody knows what I think of Phil Foden.

“He is 19-years-old. He has played quite enough minutes in this period and he will play a lot in this season and the next seasons.

“Phil is in the first team for City because he is ready to play every single game.

“He has everything to play. Of course, he has many things to learn, but so do guys who are 30-years-old.

“He’s young. The skills are there but he can improve and that’s why I want to help him.”

09:59

Otamendi on our start to the season

“We are doing well.

“We have to face each game as it is a final for us. We always fight for three points and try to go as far as we can in all competitions. 

“We are giving 100% to get three points in each game and I hope we'll have a positive season overall throughout the season – and I’m sure we will. 

“I think each season is different, but this season is been good for us.

“I think we always have things to improve on.

“If we have a good match, for instance, all the mistakes we may have we tend not really overthink, but we always work on training to try to fix it, improve our mistakes.

“We have had some set-backs with injury but I think we are coping well and will be looking to continue our good form against Wolves on Sunday.”

09:53

Good morning!

Hello! We'll be with you at midday to bring you full blow-by-blow coverage of the game. 

Until then, here's a few things to keep you entertained...

Other games that day

  • Newcastle United1
    Manchester United0
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  • Southampton1
    Chelsea4
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  • Arsenal1
    Bournemouth0
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As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 8 +14 24
3 Arsenal 8 +2 15
4 Leicester City 8 +7 14
5 Chelsea 8 +4 14
6 Crystal Palace 8 0 14
7 Burnley 8 +2 12
8 West Ham United 8 0 12
9 Tottenham Hotspur 8 +2 11
10 Bournemouth 8 0 11
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 10
12 Manchester United 8 +1 9
13 Sheffield United 8 0 9
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 8 -2 9
15 Aston Villa 8 +1 8
16 Newcastle United 8 -8 8
17 Southampton 8 -7 7
18 Everton 8 -7 7
19 Norwich City 8 -11 6
20 Watford 8 -16 3
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