Man City could regret failing to make dominance pay against Liverpool

Manchester City’s breathless draw with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon almost encapsulated their season in its entirety; they were comfortably the better team for long stretches, but they couldn’t make their dominance pay off and their rivals closed the gap.

Whether this 2-2 draw comes back to bite them at the end of the season remains to be seen, but if they are to hand over what had been a comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League, then they will look back on this encounter. like a missed opportunity.

While this had been touted as a potential title decider had either side been able to pick up the three points, Pep Guardiola’s men utterly dominated in the first half, showing how and why they had come forward as favourites. to the title in the first half. place.

At times, City seemed capable of defeating Liverpool and mocking the ‘title decider’ billing with the extraordinary level of their passing, movement and intensity. Their season has generally been about taking out opponents efficiently with minimal fuss and minimal thrills, but on Sunday they seemed hell-bent on wiping out the competition. In truth, the game could and should have been over before halftime.

Having taken the lead within five minutes through a deflected shot from Kevin De Bruyne, the hosts time and again exploited the Reds’ ill-advised high line, but only once did their relentless attack produce a goal as either the last pass or the definition went astray. .

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