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Pep Guardiola insists it’s no problem, but do Man City struggle against set-pieces? –

September 18, 2019

A possible defensive frailty for Manchester City was exposed by Norwich as the newly promoted side shocked the champions.

The Canarieswon 3-2 in the surprise result at Carrow Roadwith City not getting their second until late on.

Pep Guardiola has already dropped four points this season

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Pep Guardiola has already dropped four points this season

Aymeric Laporte’s absence was noticeable with the centre backout until at least Januaryfollowing surgery on his right knee.

The defender was stretchered off during their 4-0 win against Brighton last month.

This leaves Pep Guardiola worryingly short in that position with just Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones the recognised senior centre backs.


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It has been difficult to find any weakness with Pep Guardiola’s side over the last two seasons as they have won back-to-backPremier Leaguetitles and accumulated 198 points in the process.

They conceded just 23 goals last season but that was with far more defensive options.

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City have already let in six in five games, with set-pieces emerging as a serious problem for them.

Eight of the last nine goals they have conceded have come via set-pieces, with four of those from corners.Norwich’s first goal on Saturday came from a corner.

City may not have conceded many goals over the last 12 months, but more than half of those have come from set-pieces.

They have conceded 29 since August 2018 with 16 of those coming from set-pieces.

Premier League goals conceded from set pieces since August 2018

1. Manchester City – 16 out of 29 (55.2%)

=2. Chelsea – 19 out of 50 (38%)

=2. Everton – 19 out of 50 (38%)

4. Newcastle – 21 out of 56 (37.5%)

Chelsea and Everton and second and third on that list with 19 of their 50 goals being let in in that way.

Newcastle have seen 21 of 56 goals come from set-pieces.

Despite the statistics, Guardiola does not believe his side have an issue dealing with them.

“We’ve defended them really well in the past and in four years our standard has been so high, so it is not a weakness,” he said.