Danny Pugsley for Metro:
That City failed to score (especially at The Etihad) was a huge surprise given the scarcity of such of an event and resulted in the questions about their lack of goals. The more worrying concern though is at the other end of the pitch, where the vulnerability in their play is so stark at the moment that a side possessing any sort of attacking threat appears capable of brushing City’s defensive efforts aside.
For all the plaudits City’s attack has garnered, most of it deservedly so, since Pellegrini took charge, it is the defence which has continued to be the platform for much of their success. This not includes the back four but the two central midfielders Pellegrini opts for. But despite strengthening both positions in the summer by bringing in Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando the unit has gone backwards.