A formation is as good as its execution?!
Poor result in important game was due to lack of control in midfield or was there something more?
It was a strange match, full of lead changes, long spells of dominance by both teams and late (followed by even later) drama, that saw Demichelis once again play hero.
A tactical look at Saturday's loss that saw Mark Hughes do something he was sacked for not doing enough of (winning at the Etihad) as City continue their now yearly tradition of stumbling early.
Another match, another three goals – the 31st time (out of sixty matches) that City have scored at least three since Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad.
Having asked his side to be "humble and hungry," Pellegrini was rewarded with a sturdy and workmanlike performance, that saw City's title defense begin with a hard fought victory away from home.