Manchester City's flawless start to their Premier League title defence was ended with a 1-1 draw at newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday while Arsenal earned the first win under Unai Emery, a 3-1 victory over West Ham United. This was a lesson in controlled positivity, a balance between attack and defence and maybe an example of how to play against this City side. "I know that might sound daft but we are".
Wolves took a deserved lead against Manchester City today in their Premier League tie at Molineux Stadium, but the manner of the goal enraged City fans. "They are fast, strong, good midfield players, I am really surprised how good we played in our build-up but in the end we could not convert". "Sometimes you say, 'Wow, what a player we have!'" Guardiola said after win at Arsenal a fortnight ago.
City looked in ominous form to start the campaign in cruising to victory against Arsenal at the Emirates and thrashing Huddersfield 6-1 last weekend.
He told the club's official site: "It's always good to win points but we wanted to win. We want to be a team that, when we have possession, we're in control of the tempo of the game". Wolves have their own style and beliefs and this was a tough and competitive game. If you get a goal against, it's how you react, don't think about if it was a deflection "oh bad luck".
The promising 22-year-old was expected to shine this term given the additional time off compared to many of his team-mates, but Guardiola was critical of his lack of defensive effort during pre-season.
"I'm convinced they will (surprise a few teams) - they don't behave or play like a Championship team that has just been promoted. I'm not the referee, never will be", said Guardiola on Boly's goal and City's penalty shouts.
Rui Patricio was the busier of the two goalkeepers, with the Wolves stopper producing a number of superb saves to keep out Aguero and Raheem Sterling. City deserved to win, but on the other side, it's a match they could have lost with some of the chances Wolves wasted.