Manchester City beat Wolverhampton 1-0 with a goal from Raheem Sterling with refereeing in its sights. The English striker scored the only goal of the game thanks to a controversial penalty: Bernardo Silva shot a cross from the right and the ball hit Joao Moutinho’s armpit. Yes, in the armpit. Jonathan Moss went to the VAR and determined it was a penalty. In his favor, the Portuguese midfielder had his arm extended upwards. Although no one is sure if the decision was correct. Free interpretation.
The Wolves game was very punctual: as we said by this same means, they were going to create a closed team, without distance between their players and focusing on the cons with Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez. So it was, because the Portuguese team is one of the four teams with the fewest goals against in the Premier League. If we reverse the roles, it is also the second team with the fewest goals in favor. These are questions to take into account when placing your trust in this team.
The Citizens were tirelessly seeking victory. They had a total of 24 shots and 10 on goal. In possession the difference was abysmal: 71% for the locals. The game was literally played in Wolves’ area and blessed is he who bet on Manchester City ‘s corners: there were 14. On the part of those led by Pep Guardiola, the participation of Jack Grealish was again poor. His strong point was on the right with Joao Cancelo – he is at a top world level – Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling. Rodri has a central participation in this team. Without him, it would be impossible to play at being a suffocating team.
The Wolves approach was very good. Not for fun. Even seeing them was not pleasant, but it served them to achieve the objective: to steal points from the Premier of the Premier and a team that wins absolutely all their games. Coach Bruno Lage was cautious. With this approach, the Etihad Stadium would not be beaten. Although there was an event – beyond the penalty against him – that ruined his plans: Raúl Jiménez, the Mexican star, was sent off within 40 seconds when the first half ended. He made an infraction, the referee admonished him and -when there was a friendly conversation- the striker covered his rival so that he did not play fast. Judge Moss did not hesitate and took him the second yellow card. To the showers. It remains to think about a totally avoidable decision of the referee ,if the player who commits this infraction is from a Big Six team, will he be just as decisive?