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Clichy Evaluates Guardiola's Manchester City After Loss At Villa Park

Clichy Critiques Guardiola's City as Villa Seals 1-0 Victory

Former Manchester City defender Gael Clichy didn't mince words in his assessment of Pep Guardiola's side following their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Clichy highlighted a lack of 'game plan and identity' as Leon Bailey's deflected goal secured the narrow-win for the Villans pushing them into the third spot and leaving City trailing six points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Speaking on Amazon Prime, Clichy expressed his surprise at the uncharacteristic performance of the Cityzens, saying: "Sometimes it's just about the game. And the game today was all about Aston Villa. They played fantastically well and Manchester City were second-best. Usually when I watch City, I see a game plan and identity. Tonight I didn't see the solution, the movement, or any runs in behind. That's what we saw with Villa.

The former City defender praised Aston Villa's fantastic display, emphasising the clear plan executed by the home team and dominance throughout the game. He said: "When you watch the game, one team had a clear plan, and the other that is usually so impressive was off. It was very surprising."

He also extended congratulations to Villa for their well-deserved victory, noting that there could have been more goals from Unai Emery's team. "Big credit to Villa, from the first to the last minute...congratulations. It could have been more than 1-0," he concluded.

Villa's leap into the third spot showcases their impressive form and City's current struggles. The match left fans and pundits alike questioning City's usual prowess and looking ahead to how Guardiola's side will respond to this setback, starting with Luton this weekend.

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