Aston Villa pulled off an apparent surprise Premier League victory over Manchester City at Villa Park on Wednesday, courtesy of a solitary strike by Leon Bailey.
While the defending champions, last season’s treble winners, entered the clash as favourites for most, the home side thoroughly deserved the triumph, and may even consider themselves unlucky that it came down to one goal.
As usual, City had the ball at their feet more than their opponents (54%), attempted more passes (436-520) and completed them at a higher percentage (85%-87%), but the numbers in other areas tell a story which could not be more different.
Pep Guardiola’s men took aim at Emiliano Martinez’s goal just twice in the whole match, both on target, both the work of Erling Haaland in quick succession, and both saved brilliantly by the Argentinian goalkeeper. On the other hand, Villa took a total of 22, hitting the target seven times, including Bailey’s deflected effort which left Ederson Moraes rooted as it looped into the net in the 74th minute. Also, you don’t see Manchester City fail to take a single corner in a game very often, but that was the case against Villa, who took six.
But the three most shocking pieces of stats from this contest were that the ball spent more time in the away third of the pitch (36%) than in the home third (25%), that Villa consequently took 36 touches inside the box while City took just 13 in theirs, and that Villa players attempted and completed far more dribbles, 16/21 (76%), while their opponents had 2/12 (17%).
Sometimes the numbers don’t really paint a realistic picture, but in this case, they absolutely do. It can be said that Villa boss Unai Emery totally outsmarted Pep Guardiola, and deservedly registered his first triumph over the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
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