Cardiff City vs. Manchester City: 6 Things We Learned

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Cardiff City vs. Manchester City: 6 Things We Learned
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Yaya on the ground, Garcia a step-and-a-half behind. Yeah, that about sums it up.

So, Manuel Pellegrini, how are you enjoying life as a manager in the Premier League?

Pellegrini learned in his Sky Blues' 3-2 loss at Cardiff City what his charges already knew: Every time you think you know the answer, the Premier League changes the question.

Various media observers, like Oliver Holt of the Mirror, labeled City's defeat to a recently promoted Cardiff City side as a shocking upset—but there were warning signs to be heeded if you looked.

City played the match without their two starting centre-backs, crossing their fingers and closing their eyes with Javi Garcia faking it there to predictable effect.

And there was that little matter of this being Cardiff City's first home match in the top flight in 51 years. Anyone who thought Cardiff City would not raise their level under those circumstances knows nothing about sports as a whole.

Are City as good as 4-0 over Newcastle at the Etihad? Are City as mundane as a 3-2 loss at Cardiff City? The truth almost certainly lies somewhere between those poles.

Still, there are plenty of truths to tell from City's latest unexpected Premier League pratfall.

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