Wolves had 61% of the ball possession to Manchester City’s 39%. Wolves took 21 shots on goal to City’s 7. Wolves had 8 shots on target to City’s 3. Wolves had 4 big chances to City’s 3. The numbers suggest that Wolves outweighed Pep Guardiola, but it is always tough to judge a classic on the basis of numbers. Neither it is very easy to describe the Molineux drama in just a few words. One needs to watch it live and get fully involved with each and every twist. Certainly, the match took quite a few twists and turns, which ultimately dented Pep’s chances to chase the title.
IT'S ALL OVER! WOLVES WIN AT MOLINEUX! #WOLMCI
— Wolves (@Wolves) December 27, 2019
This is not the first time that City failed to exhibit composure when they were counterattacked, but more often, they lost their tempo and balance under pressure. Wolves attacked like a pack of wolves against which City’s star-studded side had no answer – Wolves hunted the big prey.
? 3-2 ?
12 – Ederson sent off
24 – Sterling penalty saved
25 – VAR awards retake for encroachment
26 – Sterling penalty saved but scores rebound
50 – Sterling doubles the lead
55 – Traoré pulls one back
82 – Jiménez equalises
89 – Doherty wins it
WHAT. A GAME. ?#WOLMCI pic.twitter.com/48B780NPyG
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) December 27, 2019
Ederson was sent off in the 12th minute for clattering into Diogo Jota outside his area, then Raheem Sterling had the same contentiously awarded penalty saved twice by Rui Patrício. Still, a 10-man City established a two-goal lead. For a while it looked like City would triumph here with the aid of VAR.
But it was not to be such.
Adama Traore anytime he plays city #WOLMCI pic.twitter.com/3kog8LGZSo
— Your Spirit Boyfriend ? (@TheGbemisola_) December 27, 2019
Adama Traore bombarded down the middle and flanks like a speed-merchant to destabilize City’s backline. He was a relentless force and Pep was left clueless by his astonishing speed. 3 goals were scored in the last 35minutes – Traoré scored the first of them before creating an equalizer for Raúl Jiménez, who later played a beautiful pass to tee up Matt Doherty for a winning goal – Molineux went wild.
How many times did you lose to Wolves this year ? #WOLMCI pic.twitter.com/Ee1U0mMt3P
— a (@A7medmaher7) December 27, 2019
In the end, it was a fair result. If a team decides to counterattack with boldness, automatically fortune starts to support them. Wolves were bolder than City and wore down their opponents in the final 30 minutes when a 10-man City should have chosen caution over aggression. The spaces opened up, Wolves fed them. To be fair, Wolves forced errors in Pep’s team – this seems unbelievable, but the reality is harsh. Pep lost to relentlessness and boldness!