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Manchester City Season Review – October

Blues Remain Unbeaten, But Still Way Down The League

Sheffield United v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images

October was a busy month for the blues. After the international break, City played every three days until the end of the month, however before the break, the blues travelled across the Pennines to face newly promoted Leeds United at Elland Road.

Leeds 1-1 City

It was expected to be a tough match against their white rose counterparts. Leeds were flying high after the first three matches of the campaign, while City were struggling to get a grip on the season.

But it all looked rosy for the blues in the first half. City laid siege to the Leeds defence with Kevin de Bruyne hitting the post before Raheem Sterling gave the blues the lead on 17 minutes, and City should have been out of sight by half time.

And City were made to pay for not capitalising on their dominance. Leeds grew into the game in the second half and equalised in the 59th minute, Rodrigo scoring after a weak punch by Ederson gifted him the opportunity.

And the home side could have won the match had Patrick Bamford not taken a chance late on. Leeds finished the day in fourth place while City sat 8 points behind leaders Everton in 11th.

City 1-0 Arsenal

It was Mikel Arteta’s first visit to Etihad Stadium since becoming Arsenal manager and the former City number 2 had taken his Gunners side to 4th in the league. The blues desperately needed the three points after their last home match ended in defeat, and it was a narrow victory for Pep Guardiola’s side, who moved up to 7th after this victory.

Raheem Sterling was again on target to score the only goal of the game in the 23rd minute, tapping in the rebound after Phil Foden’s shot had been saved.

Arsenal had chances to level the scores, but Ederson was in fine form, making three excellent saves in the first half as Guardiola kept up his home winning streak against the Gunners.

City 3-1 Porto

City began their Champions League campaign against the team upon whose ground it would finish. The blues faced Porto in their first group game, and in true Champions League style, the blues found themselves a goal down after 14 minutes.

A poor pass by new signing Ruben Dias saw Matheus Uribe start an attack that finished with Luis Diaz cutting in from the left and firing past Ederson. But six minutes later, City were level. Ilkay Gundogan’s shot hit the post and Sterling was brought down by Pepe as he went for the rebound. Sergio Aguero stepped up and hammered the ball home form the spot.

Kyle Walker cleared the ball off the line as Porto went for a second, however the visitors waned in the second half and City took advantage. Ilkay Gundogan’s free kick found the back of the net to put City in front, and new boy Ferran Torres hit a third in the 73rd minute to secure the points for City.

West Ham 1-1 City

City went to one of their favourite places but found a West Ham side in resurgent form. The blues had won their previous 8 matches by an aggregate score of 25-3 and were fully expected to come home with three points form the London Stadium.

West Ham however, had other ideas and took the lead after 18 minutes. Michail Antonio scored a stunning overhead kick to send the Hammers 1-0 up, and despite dominating the game, City could not find a way past the Hammers defence.

Aguero didn’t appear for the second half and was replaced by Foden, who equalised six minutes after coming on. The Stockport youngster turned well from Joao Cancelo’s pass and fired past Fabianski to make it 1-1.

City did everything by score and in the end, they had to settle for a point that left them 12th in the league, five points behind leaders Everton.

Marseille 0-3 City

Six days after defeating Porto, the blues travelled to France to face Marseille, and they made light work of the one-time top team in Lique 1.

City dominated the French side and Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for City in the 18th minute after good work by de Bruyne. The Belgian got in behind the Marseille defence and squared for Torres to tap the ball home.

Oleksandr Zinchenko clipped the post as City tried to make their dominance count, and they had to wait until the 76th minute to make the game safe. Sterling knockdown was helped home by Gundogan, before the England striker got on the scoresheet himself, tapping home from another de Bruyne cross.

Sheffield United 0-1 City

The blues claimed a vital away win at struggling Sheffield United as they climbed up to 8th in the league, their highest position of the season so far.

Kyle Walker’s long-range strike after 28 minutes was enough to secure the three points, however City once again failed to make the most of their chances. And the could have left Bramhall Lane with just one point had John Lundstram’s shot found the back of the net instead of the back of the stands.

One goal was enough though as City avoided a Halloween horror result across the Pennines.