Unai Emery’s Aston Villa dealt a stunning blow to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, securing a 1-0 victory in a match that arguably exposed City.
Villa’s 14th consecutive home league win from last season, took them above City in the standings, leaving Guardiola’s side six points behind leaders Arsenal.
Villa outplayed the reigning champions. Despite the close 1-0 scoreline, Villa dominated with a 22-3 shot count, showing City’s struggles without key players, including Rodri, Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku, and Kevin De Bruyne.
The absence of Rodri, made the Etihad club suffer its fourth domestic defeat in matches where the midfielder was unavailable.
Meanwhile, Emery, in his 14th attempt, secured his first victory over Guardiola in Wednesday Premier League clash.