Manchester City have been unstoppable at times so far this season, with Champions League qualification assured and 36 goals scored in just 11 Premier League games.
But a family problem continues to haunt Pep Guardiola’s side and this was evident again during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
In the 58th minute, Riyad Mahrez won a penalty for City and the Algerian went ahead, but had his penalty saved by Gregor Kobel.
Mahrez has now missed two penalties in a row, after failing to convert in their previous 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. In total he has scored 10 of his 14 penalties since he moved to the Etihad in 2018.
Riyad Mahrez missed another penalty in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel made a great save to cause more trouble for City from the spot
City have now missed 25 of the 80 penalties they have conceded under Guardiola, the worst record of any Premier League club during that time.
Trying to explain the reason for his poor 12-yard run after the game, the Spaniard admitted it was a problem for his team.
“Of course it’s a problem. We’ve missed 24 or 25 penalties since I’ve been here, most of them in the Champions League. It’s too much,” he told BT Sport.
I always admire the courage to take them, but of course we missed a lot of penalties.
Mahrez also missed a penalty in City’s 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen earlier this month.
City have already missed 25 of the 80 penalties they have received under Guardiola
‘We lost one in Copenhagen and here too. In this competition the margins are thin.
‘In this situation, I admire (Mahrez’s) courage. If next time you feel it, I admire the courage (and) you will take it’.
Former City defender Joleon Lescott has claimed that the variety of penalty takers the club have used could be a potential reason for their poor performance from the penalty spot.
He told BT Sport: “I never had the courage to take that penalty so I don’t know what it’s like to take them even if you missed.”
“I don’t think it helped that there wasn’t that consistency. I think Riyadh has been that taker, De Bruyne has taken them, Gundogan, now Haaland.
“I think in every team we’ve played for, there’s always been a consistent penalty taker.”
Joleon Lescott and Rio Ferdinand highlighted the problematic nature of penalties for City
Rio Ferdinand echoed the problematic nature of their poor record and believes there is now even more pressure on City when they are awarded a penalty.
He said: ‘Now there will be a nervousness around it as so many have been lost and it has become a topic of conversation.
‘The fact that the coach highlighted it there, and he would have talked to them about it in the locker room.
“The next player to step up, yes, there is pressure, but it increases because so many have been lost.”
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