Emi Buendia struggled badly vs Man City

  • February 13, 2023

Aston Villa were unable to bounce back from their 4-2 defeat to Leicester last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Villans made almost the worst possible start to the match as Boubacar Kamara allowed Rodri to get the run on him from a corner in the fifth minute, which resulted in the Spaniard heading past Emi Martinez to make it 1-0.

City made it 2-0 in the 39th minute as Calum Chambers’ indecisive header allowed Erling Haaland to burst into the box before flashing the ball across goal for Gundogan to tap into an empty net.

It was the three shortly before half-time as Jacob Ramsey was adjudged to have clipped former Villan Jack Grealish in the box and Riyad Mahrez struck from the spot.

Ollie Watkins brought Villa back into the game in the 61st minute as the striker latched onto Douglas Luiz’s pass before rolling the ball past Ederson.

Playing against the reigning champions was unlikely to be an easy 90 minutes for the Villans but a few players for the away side did little to help themselves at times.

How did Emi Buendia perform against Manchester City?

One dud who let Unai Emery down during the game was central midfielder Emiliano Buendia as the Argentine international struggled at both ends of the pitch.

The former Norwich man came into the game averaging 1.7 tackles completed per game and had won 43% of his individual duels in the Premier League, which shows that the playmaker is combative and not shy about putting a challenge in despite being an attacking player by nature.

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However, the 26-year-old was unable to get anywhere near the City midfield and did not do enough to help out the team.

As per Sofascore, the midfielder lost 100% (2/2) of his individual battles and failed to win a single tackle in his 60 minutes on the pitch, whilst being dribbled past once.

In possession, Buendia – who has created 22 chances in the top-flight – did not use his creative spark to exploit the high line of City and the space that they were leaving in behind for Watkins and Leon Bailey.

Also via Sofascore, the ex-Canaries man did not provide a single key pass and had fewer touches (19) than goalkeeper Martinez (53), which shows that he struggled to get involved in the match.

These statistics show that the magician let Emery down badly both on and off the ball and the Spanish manager was well within his right to bring the player off in the 60th minute, as much as the midfielder appeared displeased with the decision.

Hopefully, the maestro will learn a lesson from this game, against incredibly tough opposition, and bounce back with a much-improved display next time out.

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