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After such an impressive start to the season, the last two Premier League matches have ended disappointingly for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, writes Jackson Delmenico.
Jackson Delmenico

18 Oct 2016 - 6:20 PM  UPDATED 18 Oct 2016 - 6:20 PM

The Citizens started 2016-17 in stellar form winning their first 10 matches across all competitions before a draw with Celtic in the Champions League broke their streak. Their next match was a loss in the league to Tottenham followed this week by a bitter draw against Everton.

Spurs played well against the league leaders and were deserving of victory whilst Everton had the heroics of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to thank for earning them a point. The results would indicate however, that the air of intimidation that Guardiola’s City held has been thoroughly shattered.

Guardiola’s team’s versatility seemed its greatest asset with the Spanish mastermind tailoring his lineups to the week’s opponents trying a series of combinations and formations depending on the opposition.

Through the first weeks of the season not being embarrassed seemed the best any side that lay in City’s way could hope for. Now getting some result from the game seems a possibility for any opponent.

This is not to say that the blue half of Manchester will no longer put teams to the sword this season with it quite possible that there will be another goal filled win in the near future. This is to say that they have gone from an outfit that looks unbeatable to one that from which points can definitely be earned if you play your cards right.

The Sky Blues have fallen from their pedestal and are now back among the regular football clubs of England, though still definitely in the upper echelon. Pep’s City will no longer have a game won before the first whistle is blown.

They certainly have opportunity to restore their untouchable status though, a Champions League win against Barcelona in their next fixture would be sure to see fear start to creep back into the minds of their opponents.