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Manchester City Season Review – November

A Look At The Month Where City Started To Click

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I’ll be taking that - Riyad Mahrez Takes Home The Match Ball After His Hat-trick Against Burnley
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Continuing our look back at the season just gone, November would be the last of City’s ‘quiet’ months and would see our last defeat for over three months in all competitions.

City 3-0 Olympiakos

November started with a Champions League tie at home to Olympiakos, and City made hard work of what could have been a very straightforward victory.

Ferran Torres was again on the scoresheet in a Champions League match, scoring after just 12 minutes, but then failed to make the most of their first half dominance and the Greek visitors could have made them pay, if it wasn’t for some poor finishing of their own.

The blues had to wait until the 81st minute to get their second, when Gabriel Jesus marked his return to the side from injury with a goal and Joao Cancelo made the game safe in injury time at the end of the match.

The result meant City remained top of the group, and could qualify by winning the return leg in Greece with two matches remaining.

City 1-1 Liverpool

The blues welcomed the Mersey Reds to Manchester, hoping to repeat the scoreline from their last meeting. Liverpool had just been crowned Premier League champions for the first time, and after giving the reds a guard of honour, City also gave them a footballing lesson, hammering the visitors 4-0.

But on this occasion, City blew the chance to inflict another defeat on their Mersey rivals. Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute form the penalty spot after Kyle Walker had brought down Sadio Mane.

Gabriel Jesus scored his second goal in two games to bring City level, but Kevin de Bruyne wasted a golden opportunity to give City the lead just before half time. Joe Gomez was adjudged to have handled the ball, but the Belgian put his spot kick wide of the post.

The match ended 1-1 and City missed the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Leicester City

Spurs 2-0 City

Although City’s visit to north London ended in defeat, it would prove to be the blues final loss until March.

Son Heung-Min put the home side ahead of just five minutes, but Aymeric Laporte had a goal disallowed after VAR had ruled Gabriel Jesus handled in the build-up, a reverse of the decision at Etihad Stadium a year earlier.

Giovani Lo Celso then doubled Spurs’ lead 10 minutes after coming on as substitute as City dropped to 11th and Spurs ascended to the Premier League summit.

Olympiakos 0-1 City

City extended their 100% Champions League record with Victory in Greece. Phil Foden’s goal after 36 minutes was enough to secure the win against the Greek outfit and send City through to the knockout stage.

The blues qualified with two games remaining, and would go through as group winners, should they beat Marseille in matchday 5, and Porto failed to beat Olympiakos.

City 5-0 Burnley

In what has now become an annual scoreline, City once again put five goals past a hapless Burnley side. The blues had won their last three matches at home to Burnley 5-0, and on their last game in November, it was no different.

Riyad Mahrez had given the bleus the lead after just six minutes, and when the same player scored again on 22 minutes, the Burnley faithful must have been praying that would be it. However Benjamin Mendy scored his first goal for City on 41 minutes to send the blues in 3-0 up at the break.

And it got worse for the visitors.

Ferran Torres continued his fine goalscoring form with a goal in the 66th minute, before Mahrez completed his hat-trick three minutes later. It could have been much worse for the Clarets as de Bruyne hit the post and both Jesus and Torres both had goals disallowed for offside.

But in the end, it was City’s fourth straight 5-0 home victory over Burnley and this vital win saw them finish the month in 8th place, just six points behind leaders Liverpool.