Manchester City Recorded The Lowest Possession Number Of Pep Guardiola's Managerial Career Against Wolves
Wolves caused Manchester City to have the lowest possession in Pep Guardiola's managerial career last night in the thrilling 3-2 comeback win at Molineux.
City, who saw Ederson sent off 12 minutes in for taking out Diogo Jota, were 2-0 up in the 50th minute thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling.
But Wolves made the extra man count and after Adama Traore pulled one back in the 55th minute, Nuno Espirito Santo's side scored twice in the final eight minutes through Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty to claim a second win over the champions this term.
The early red card and subsequent withdrawal of Sergio Aguero meant that City, arguably the best possession-based side in world football, had just 37.8% of the ball in the game.
37% is the lowest share of possession that a Pep Guardiola team has ever had in a league game, in any of the countries he's managed in. pic.twitter.com/bAVgbVVTsw- Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) December 27, 2019
Man City had just 37.8% possession versus Wolves last night - the lowest figure recorded by a side managed by Pep Guardiola in top-flight history.- Goal (@goal) December 28, 2019
It's common knowledge Guardiola is obsessed with his side dominating the ball, having broken all sorts of records at three different clubs, but 10-man City tired and allowed Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho to completely run the game in the second half.
Wolves inflicted City's fifth league defeat of the campaign to leave them 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand.
And Guardiola was full of praise for the Midlands outfit. When asked whether Wolves were in the mix for a top four spot, he said, via Express and Star: "Yes. There are many.
"They are close and have played with a lot of consistency over the past two seasons.
"They concede few chances and they create. The way they play is perfect for them. They are one of a lot of teams."