The runner-up of the last season, Manchester City stunned everyone when they surprisingly lost to Cardiff City by 3-2. It was Cardiff’s, who is playing its first English Premier League season, first win in the season and how. The match was a high scoring affair and all the goals were fired in the second half. While Edin Dzeko opened the tally for City in the 52nd minute Gunnarsson equalized the lead within next eight minutes. It was then the time for Campbell who fired two brilliant goals in 79th and 87th minute and took away match out of City’s reach. By now, City had lost the match psychologically too and that is why its players seemed to be just defending the game rather trying to equalize the lead. In the last moments, Negredo reduced the lead by one goal but it was too late by then to ask anything more. By now, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham are the only teams who have won their both openers while United is expected to join them shortly. The match proved to be a nightmare for thousands of City fans being presented in the stadium coz they had already taken their team as the winner but they were traumatized to see how their players especially defenders were playing.
City new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who tasted first loss at his new home, blamed his poor defense for the surprised loss in the league; perhaps he specifically pointed two lost corners for their defeat. He explained why they lost and said, “The worst thing is that we got ahead. After we scored I thought it would be easier but two corners decided the game. It was a pity. I did not expect to lose. We didn’t play well but they played with 10 players near their box so it was very difficult to score.”
“In the second half, we improved, but, after we scored, they scored from two corners and that decided the game. Set pieces are very important and we try to work at it. They did better than our defending. We must continue working. We have just started and not a lot of teams will win here. They are not an easy team to play.”
This match could be an eye opener for ex-Malaga boss coz his next match is again with a promoted side Hull City, and if he did not rectify his mistakes by them, he could see a bashing treatment from fans and his bosses.