Too many mistakes.
Sa’s gaffe was the headline, but all the goals were preventable.
Ruben gave the ball away and then needlessly fouled Gundogan for the second. Even Haaland’s well-worked opener could have been cut off had Nunes not been sucked towards the ball allowing De Bruyne a free cross.
Small details but you can’t afford to get them wrong.
City probably would have continued creating chances for as long as they needed to, but this became too easy for my liking.
Wolves defended well up until the first goal and prevented it from becoming a rout after the game was gone, but there isn’t much else for Loptegui to take from the wreckage, other than the fact we don’t have to play City again this season.
Even as we broke forward in the second half and occupied promising positions the inability to test Ederson made for painful viewing.
Sarabia looked confident and direct, which is exactly what we need, but skied one opportunity and saw another blocked by Ake (possibly with his arm).
We really need the Spaniard to bring his Sporting Lisbon numbers to this team because 12 goals in 20 games is still the statistic keeping me up at night.
I just wonder what is being done on the training pitch to address this crippling deficiency? City had clear patterns of play in the final third and were rewarded for that with the opening goal.
In contrast, Wolves just pass and pass and pass, hoping the solution will become obvious and it never does.
Even from set pieces, the desire to put the ball into good areas and attack with aggression isn’t there. Collins and Kilman don’t look like they’d connect with anything if they played for a decade.
I would put Dawson straight in for his heading ability in both boxes alone, but I also believe we’re overplaying in defence and inviting the press. An experienced player will know better when to play and when to simply defend.
With this game out of the way and many of the teams around us dropping points in winnable fixtures, things could be worse.
But we can rightly expect better than this when we emerge for that Liverpool game in a fortnight.