In a focus match of the 15th round of the Premier League that ended in the early morning of December 7th, Beijing time, Villa defeated the defending champion Manchester City 1-0 at home, surpassing its opponents and rising to third place in the standings, only 4 points away from the top spot, Arsenal. points difference. The 52-year-old Emery finally felt proud in front of his fellow countryman Guardiola.
In this game, Villa played the defending champion at home without any temper. In the whole game, Villa fired 22 shots. This was the first time since Guardiola coached Manchester City in 281 Premier League games that the team was shot more than 21 times by the opponent. Manchester City only had 2 shots on goal, which was also the lowest shooting record for the team in 535 games in the five major leagues during Guardiola’s coaching career.
In the end, Villa took away 3 points with Leon Bailey’s lucky deflection goal. After winning this campaign, Villa has won all 7 home games in the Premier League (scoring 24 goals and conceding 5 goals), and has won 8 consecutive home games in all competitions. It can be called a true home dragon.
With this victory, Emery finally felt proud. This was the first time in his coaching career that he defeated Guardiola’s team. The two famous Spanish coaches have played against each other 14 times. Prior to this, Emery had 4 draws and 9 losses. But this night, he led Vera to have the last laugh.
It is worth noting that after 15 rounds of the Premier League, Villa has defeated Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester City, but lost 0-3 away to Liverpool. In the next round of games, Emery will once again welcome another BIG6 team at home – Arsenal. The Gunners are still Emery’s old club, so can Emery attack his old club and retain the suspense of the Premier League title this season? We’ll see.