A statistic, showcasing just how badly Premier League champions Manchester City have struggled over the early months of the season, has surfaced online this afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s City visited St. James’ Park a short time ago, for a meeting with Newcastle United.
The Sky Blues headed into proceedings having secured just 1 victory in their last 4 outings across all competitions, versus Chelsea last weekend.
When all was said and done on Tyneside, however, the champions’ recent struggles continued.
A disappointing showing eventually saw City forced to settle for a point, in a 2-2 draw.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the visitors with 22 minutes on the clock, before Jetro Willems levelled things up just 3 minutes later.
Just when it looked as though the clash was set to peter out into a drab 1-1 stalemate, however, Kevin De Bruyne exploded into life, rattling a half-volley in off the underside of the crossbar 8 minutes from time.
But, incredibly, City again let their lead slip just minutes later, as Jonjo Shelvey unleashed a stunning strike of his own, to secure a share of the spoils for Newcastle.
As such, despite the Premier League season being just 14 games old, Manchester City are set to fall a hefty 11 points adrift of table-toppers Liverpool, if the Reds, as expected, manage to see out their current lead at home to Brighton.
And, as outlined above, the Sky Blues’ unexpected struggles to this point in the campaign have since been highlighted by an incredible statistic.
City’s title-clinching season last time out saw the Manchester giants drop 16 points in total.
This time around, with just 14 games played, and 24 remaining, Pep Guardiola’s men have let 13 point slip through their grasp.
Manchester City have dropped 13 points through 14 Premier League games this season.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 30, 2019