Manchester City lost to Wolves. In the Premier League. At home. By two goals. With no reply.
This was not their first loss of the season - the 3-2 defeat at Norwich saw to that - but it was the first breach at the Etihad. The first since that Andros Townsend 30-yard thunderbolt-inspired Crystal Palace win of the same scoreline back in December last year.
But the Citizens scored two goals in both those games. A big fat zero in the goals scored column? Practically unheard of.
0 - Manchester City have lost a @premierleague match at the Etihad Stadium without scoring for the first since March 2016 against Man Utd (0-1), with Manuel Pellegrini in charge. Stunned. #MCIWOL pic.twitter.com/aa1iXqRMVt— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2019
In fact, thanks to the hardworking folk at Opta, we know that this is the first time City
For more mind-bending context, Marcus Rashford was banging in the goals - becoming the youngest scorer in the history of the derby - Joe Hart was in between the Sky Blue sticks and Louis Van Gaal had recorded a pressure-releasing victory a few months before the pressure became too much.
In any case, in the present, this loss to Nuno Espirito Santo's side - which came thanks to a late brace from Barcelona academy graduate Adama Traore - leaves Pep Guardiola's Domestic Treble conquerors languishing in second, eight points adrift of Liverpool.
Indeed, they are just a point clear of Arsenal, and have a two-point buffer over Leicester, Chelsea and Crystal Palace - yes, Crystal Palace.
And it doesn't get any easier for the Citizens because, surprise, surprise, up next after the international break is a trip to Roy Hodgson's pesky Eagles at Selhurst Park, a team they've beaten just once in their last three clashes. Game on.
Source : 90min