Game #5646

2021-22

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13th (-2)

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Premier League

Manchester City

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,400

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Villa lose for the first time under Steven Gerrard but run Manchester City close.

Aston Villa

1-2

Manchester City

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 47’ |

Assist(s) | Douglas Luiz | 47’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5646

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Match | #14 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Attendance | 41,400 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 8.15pm |
Referee | Mike Dean |
Half Time Score | 0-2 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | LLWWL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £212.72m
Squad Cost: £224.36m

Starting XI Average Age: 26.08

Oldest Player: 29.27
GK Emiliano Martínez

Youngest Player: 23.58
M Douglas Luiz

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard recalls Emiliano Buendía and Douglas Luiz as Ashley Young and Jacob Ramsey drop out and with Danny Ings out of the squad completely there is a surprise return to the bench for Villa’s non-scoring centre forward Keinan Davis as once again only Carney Chukwuemeka represents the abundance of riches Villa have in the youth team.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |

W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -Unknown |

CF Danny Ings |
Unknown, 1 Dec- Unknown |

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On Loan | 3 |

CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |

M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |

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Not Selected | 7 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Cameron Archer
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 12

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Douglas Luiz
W Leon Bailey
W Emiliano Buendía
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

W Ashley Young for W Leon Bailey | 31’ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka for LB Matt Targett | 67’ |
M Morgan Sanson for M Marvelous Nakamba | 77’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
CB Axel Tuanzebe
W Anwar El Ghazi
M Jacob Ramsey
CF Keinan Davis

THE OPPOSITION

GK Ederson, RB João Cancelo, CB Rúben Dias (g), CB Nathan Aké, LB Oleksandr Zinchenko, M Fernandinho, M Rodri, M Bernado Silva (g), W Riyad Mahrez, W Raheem Sterling, F Gabriel Jesus (M Jack Grealish (ex)).

Manager: Pep Guardiola.
Team Cost: £482.85m
Squad Cost: £594.74m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Ollie Watkins celebrates his strike to reduce the deficit just after half time, Wednesday, 1 December 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

27’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City), Rúben Dias
31’ Sub off, Leon Bailey (injury), Sub on, Ashley Young
43’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester City), Bernardo Silva
HT Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City
47’ Goal, 1-2, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Douglas Luiz
67’ Sub off, Matt Targett (injury, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
77’ Sub off, Marvelous Nakamba, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
FT Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City

ON THIS DAY

Steven Gerrard’s Villa suffer defeat for the first time under his leadership but run reigning champions Manchester City close at a boisterous Villa Park despite losing Leon Bailey and Matt Targett to injury during the game. Meanwhile, Ashley Young made his 200th appearance for the club across two spells after coming on as an early substitute for the injured Leon Bailey.

QUOTES

“They’re trying to keep the ball in the corner flag and he’s looking at his watch all the time, so that’s a positive for me seeing a world class manager doing that.”

Steven Gerrard.

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Saturday, 1 December 2021

"Villa have lost all six of the previous games in which they trailed at half-time in the Premier League this season, but whatever Gerrard’s interval message was worked almost immediately.

They took the game to the champions, with Watkins steering in Douglas Luiz’s corner within two minutes of the restart, much to the watching Prince William’s delight.

That roused the Villa Park faithful and 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka went close to levelling, only to be denied by City goalkeeper Ederson."

MATCH REPORT

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are up for the title challenge after Bernardo Silva’s stunning goal helped them beat Aston Villa and inflict Steven Gerrard’s first Premier League defeat as a manager.

It was a fourth league win in a row for Guardiola’s side, one that keeps them second in the table and one point behind leaders Chelsea in what is shaping up to be a three-way title race that includes Liverpool.

Silva showed world-class technique to side-foot volley Gabriel Jesus’ dropping cross into the roof of the net from just inside the area, after City ripped their hosts open with a rapid break.

That sublime strike doubled the visitors’ advantage before half-time, with Ruben Dias the unlikely source of their opener when he curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Villa have renewed resolve since Gerrard’s arrival though, and Ollie Watkins replied immediately after the interval with a neat strike from a well-worked corner routine.

But the hosts were unable to find a leveller and Gerrard, having won his opening two games in charge, dropped points for the first time in the Villa dugout.

Jack Grealish was brought on as a late substitute to make his first return to Villa Park since a £100m summer move, greeted by a mixture of boos and applause from the home crowd that once adored him.

“Do we have another alternative?” said Guardiola when asked whether City were ready to battle for the title. “So we are going to face the challenge.”

City boss Guardiola said before his side’s trip to Villa Park they were facing a player “emergency”, but there was still an abundance of talent available to the Spaniard.

Top of the pile right now is Silva, the mesmerising Portuguese playmaker who made an astonishing piece of technique look outrageously simple.

Dias’ opener was reward for City’s early dominance and Guardiola could not help but smile when Silva nonchalantly volleyed in a second before the break.

The diminutive midfielder had time to bring Jesus’ delivery down, but instead caressed it first time beyond Emiliano Martinez to finish off a lightning counter-attack that started in City’s own box seconds earlier.

The hosts’ early approach was to soak up City pressure and hit them on the break, but the loss of Leon Bailey to a muscle injury after half an hour impacted that plan.

Villa have lost all six of the previous games in which they trailed at half-time in the Premier League this season, but whatever Gerrard’s interval message was worked almost immediately.

They took the game to the champions, with Watkins steering in Douglas Luiz’s corner within two minutes of the restart, much to the watching Prince William’s delight.

That roused the Villa Park faithful and 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka went close to levelling, only to be denied by City goalkeeper Ederson.

Villa had rolled out the claret and blue carpet for returning hero Grealish beforehand, with Gerrard saying he would be welcomed back and the club tweeting “thank you for the memories”.

He had to settle for a short cameo, having not played since 3 November for City, but the England international’s return will help to ease Guardiola’s injury concerns.

“People can express what they want,” said Guardiola about the reception awarded to Grealish. “If they boo it is because they love him so much. I thought a lot of people were clapping.

“A warm welcome back to this club. He loves this club more than any other. He decided to take the next step to play in Europe.”

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are up for the title challenge after Bernardo Silva’s stunning goal helped them beat Aston Villa and inflict Steven Gerrard’s first Premier League defeat as a manager.

It was a fourth league win in a row for Guardiola’s side, one that keeps them second in the table and one point behind leaders Chelsea in what is shaping up to be a three-way title race that includes Liverpool.

Silva showed world-class technique to side-foot volley Gabriel Jesus’ dropping cross into the roof of the net from just inside the area, after City ripped their hosts open with a rapid break.

That sublime strike doubled the visitors’ advantage before half-time, with Ruben Dias the unlikely source of their opener when he curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Villa have renewed resolve since Gerrard’s arrival though, and Ollie Watkins replied immediately after the interval with a neat strike from a well-worked corner routine.

But the hosts were unable to find a leveller and Gerrard, having won his opening two games in charge, dropped points for the first time in the Villa dugout.

Jack Grealish was brought on as a late substitute to make his first return to Villa Park since a £100m summer move, greeted by a mixture of boos and applause from the home crowd that once adored him.

“Do we have another alternative?” said Guardiola when asked whether City were ready to battle for the title. “So we are going to face the challenge.”

City boss Guardiola said before his side’s trip to Villa Park they were facing a player “emergency”, but there was still an abundance of talent available to the Spaniard.

Top of the pile right now is Silva, the mesmerising Portuguese playmaker who made an astonishing piece of technique look outrageously simple.

Dias’ opener was reward for City’s early dominance and Guardiola could not help but smile when Silva nonchalantly volleyed in a second before the break.

The diminutive midfielder had time to bring Jesus’ delivery down, but instead caressed it first time beyond Emiliano Martinez to finish off a lightning counter-attack that started in City’s own box seconds earlier.

The hosts’ early approach was to soak up City pressure and hit them on the break, but the loss of Leon Bailey to a muscle injury after half an hour impacted that plan.

Villa have lost all six of the previous games in which they trailed at half-time in the Premier League this season, but whatever Gerrard’s interval message was worked almost immediately.

They took the game to the champions, with Watkins steering in Douglas Luiz’s corner within two minutes of the restart, much to the watching Prince William’s delight.

That roused the Villa Park faithful and 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka went close to levelling, only to be denied by City goalkeeper Ederson.

Villa had rolled out the claret and blue carpet for returning hero Grealish beforehand, with Gerrard saying he would be welcomed back and the club tweeting “thank you for the memories”.

He had to settle for a short cameo, having not played since 3 November for City, but the England international’s return will help to ease Guardiola’s injury concerns.

“People can express what they want,” said Guardiola about the reception awarded to Grealish. “If they boo it is because they love him so much. I thought a lot of people were clapping.

“A warm welcome back to this club. He loves this club more than any other. He decided to take the next step to play in Europe.”