Manchester City easily dominated Newcastle (4-0) this Sunday during the 18th day of the Premier League. The team coached by Pep Guardiola offers two records and temporarily takes a four-point lead at the top of the standings while the Magpies remain in the relegation zone.
Unhappy Champions League finalist last season, Manchester City dreams of winning their first European title in a few months. But that does not prevent Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens from playing the leading roles in the Premier League. After the correction inflicted on Leeds in the middle of the week (7-0), the teammates of a scorer Riyad Mahrez made short work of Newcastle this Sunday (4-0).
Despite the support of a crowd crowded in the stands at St James’ Park, the Mapgies barely existed during this game of Matchday 18. With just three shots (none on target), the team led by Eddie Howe couldn’t do anything against City’s steamroller.
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The jewel of a very inspired Cancelo
From the outset, the reigning champions set a big pace in this meeting. On a cross from Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo tore himself away to avoid the six meter and cross in first intention. Taking advantage of a disagreement between goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and a defender, Ruben Dias scored the first goal of the match after just five minutes (1-0, 5th). Luckily, the Portuguese center-back has scored his second achievement of the season.
Manchester City’s second goal, however, owes nothing to luck. In all the good moves during this first period, Joao Cancelo split with a nice breakthrough in the axis of the field on a pass from Riyad Mahrez. The Lusitanian side then sent a missile under the helm of a Dubravka this time totally powerless (2-0, 27th). Decisive passer, the former Juventus player signed a big match in line with his excellent start to the season across the Channel.
Quiet city, Liverpool under pressure
Passeur then also scorer on a Zinchenko pass after the break (3-0, 63rd), Riyad Mahrez shone again this Sunday against Newcastle. While Algeria won the Arab Nations Cup, the usual Fennecs playmaker further illuminated the game of Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling added a last goal to the humiliation of Newcastle on an offering from Gabriel Jesus (4-0, 86th). By losing at home, the Magpies remain 19th in the championship but could even end up last if Norwich wins their match late.
In addition to the records for the most wins (34) and away successes (17) in a calendar year, the Cityzens provisionally take four lengths ahead of the Premier League over Liverpool before the Reds move this Sunday (5.30 p.m.) in London for the clash against Tottenham.
In the event of a poor performance by the team coached by Jürgen Klopp, the team coached by Pep Guardiola will be firmly installed at the top of the standings before the traditional one and a possible duel against Leicester. By largely winning in Newcastle, Manchester City put a lot of pressure on their rivals in the title race. What to spend a warm Christmas party.