Man City 5: 0 Newcastle

Manchester City took a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a convincing 5-0 defeat over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals in the first half by Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte ensured Pep Guardiola’s team to get rid of all nerves before the game relatively early to take advantage of Liverpool’s miss against Tottenham as they grandly rejected their failure in the Champions League mid-week.

Rodri added a third goal an hour after a corner by Kevin De Bruyne before substitutes Phil Foden and Sterling underlined their dominance with their second half of the game as City showed outstanding performance in the second half in the Manchester sun.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (7), Cancelo (8), Dias (7), Laporte (7), Zinchenko (8), Rodri (8), De Bruyne (9), Gundogan (8), Sterling (9), Jesus (7) , Grealish (8).

Subs: Fernandinho (7), Foden (7), Egan-Riley (n / a).

Newcastle: Dubravka (4), Krafth (5), Lascelles (5), Burn (5), Targett (5), Longstaff (6), Joelinton (6), Guimaraes (6), Almiron (5), Wood (5), Saint-Maximin (6).

Subs: Wilson (5), Trippier (6), Murphy (6).

Match player: Kevin DeBruyne.

The dramatic defeat by Real Madrid provided an intriguing backdrop for the game, and Newcastle had chances early – the best fell to Chris Wood.

But City have been creating opportunities all along and now they have little difference, knowing that two wins and a draw from the remaining games will be enough to keep the title.

Newcastle, with Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier returning from injury from the bench, missed an opportunity to move to the top half of the table and remain in 13th position.

Team news

Pep Guardiola has made four changes since losing to Real Madrid. Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan returned while Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden resigned.

Eddie Howe made three changes as Chris Wood returned as his focal point in attack with Joelinton in the middle. Jamaal Lascelles replaced Fabian Schara, while Sean Longstaff replaced Jonjo Shelvey. Among the submarines were Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier.

How Man City won the game

Come to think of it, Wood’s head chance after eight minutes was a pivotal moment in the game. While Joelinton was free behind, the striker could only nod slightly to Ederson. It was a bad miss.

After that, City’s first goal came, Laporte scored one volley before Joao Cancelo turned down a similar attractive opportunity after Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross.

Cancelo did much better on Sterling’s goal, finding striker from Ilkay Gundogan’s cross on the diagonal, while the Englishman made the rest from close range.

Raheem Sterling scored Man City's first goal against Newcastle
Raheem Sterling scored Man City’s first goal against Newcastle

Newcastle almost equalized right over Wood, but Bruno Guimaraes was offside when he hit Jamaal Lascelles in the first corner kick.

But when Martin Dubravka failed to grasp Gundogan’s fierce shot from distance, after Ruben Dias overcame him to a rebound before Laporte forced himself home, the result seemed inevitable.

City, of course, handed over a two-goal advantage to Real Madrid, but it didn’t happen again, Rodri nodded to a closer tripod to score three per hour as Newcastle withdrew at the start of the second half.

Newcastle’s best chance went to the rusty Wilson as Ederson defended the striker well, but it was Foden who gave his word, throwing in Zinchenko’s cross after Jack Grealish’s good work.

Phil Foden celebrates after Man City took a 4-0 lead against Newcastle
Phil Foden celebrates after Man City took a 4-0 lead against Newcastle

And the last word went to Sterling, he grabbed Grealish’s pass and scored five in overtime.

The loss of Dias due to an injury at halftime was the only disappointment for the home side, and Guardiola subsequently confirmed that his season was over.

Luckily for City, despite Guardiola’s insistence before the start of the match that they still have to win all the matches to win the title, the reality is that they now have room to move in this race.

Analysis: Man City is in complete control of the title race

Asked on Friday afternoon what kind of response he expects from his players, Pep Guardiola said Sky Sports“I think we will perform well. I know we will play the way we are. We will try to win, doing our best, that’s for sure.”

There were a few troubling moments at the start and who knows what weaknesses might have been revealed that Chris Wood did better with a free kick from close range after eight minutes. But an exhibition ensued that underlined why City is at the top again.

With Jack Grealish and Joao Cancelo giving the width, Raheem Sterling making the cut, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan spraying the ball around the Etihad. Even when the pace dropped in the second half, it was too much for Newcastle.

The mood in the stands, which he had supported from the very beginning, seemed to be helped by the result at Anfield the night before. That realization that City is no longer in a win-or-lose scenario has taken away the sting of the game a bit and given them a bit of freedom.

That was all they needed. Away games against the Wolves and West Ham may not be easy. But four points from those two encounters will now be enough for City to come back here on the last day knowing the win will guarantee them the title.

Man City win in statistics

  • Manchester City have beaten Newcastle 28 times in the Premier League, which is now the most they have beaten any side in the competition.
  • Newcastle are without a win in 32 away games in the Premier League against teams that start the day within the top two places in the table – they have lost each of the last 17 such games.
  • Eddie Howe has lost all 12 of his Premier League games against Manchester City, the worst record of a 100 per cent defeat the manager has against one opponent in the competition.
  • Raheem Sterling scored his 50th and 51st goals in the Premier League for Man City at the Etihad Stadium, becoming only the second player to reach this sum after Sergio Agüer (106).
  • Joao Cancelo provided his 10th assist of the season. Man City is the only team in the big five European leagues where four or more different players have 10 assists in all competitions.

Guardiola: The audience helped Defensive problems

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Man City coach Pep Guardiola says he had no doubt his team would return after a disappointment in the Champions League in the middle of the week

“Just before the start of the game I felt that the audience was disappointed, but not grumpy and upset about who we are as a team. Three more points and three left, another competition. Our destiny is in our hands, we will win and we will be there . “

Guardiola confirmed after the game that Dias will miss the rest of the season due to injury, and Kyle Walker and John Stones are also unavailable for the remaining games. “We only have three defenders for these three games, but we will try to do that.”

Fernandinho was at the back of the second half and can be expected to be called up against the Wolves on Wednesday night in a game he described as the final. Asked how important the veteran Brazilian will be, Guardiola said: “I would say a lot.”

He added: “Otherwise I will have to play CJ [Egan-Riley] or Luka Mbete, but in this situation it is not a problem. If Rodry has to play [at centre-back he will]. We have an academy. We have 13 players plus an academy. It is, as it is.”

Howe: We had our first big chance

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Eddie Howe says he was disappointed with the way his Newcastle received goals

“Manchester City can do that to anyone, they are so good. I thought their audience was very good, it was a very good atmosphere.

“We lost the runner for the first goal and we conceded from two sets. When you consider all the ways they can score it’s a no-no.

“Whenever you come here, you know you’re going to give chances. We had our first big chance of the game, unfortunately we didn’t take it.”

Grealish: We’re in the driver’s seat

Speaking after the game, Jack Grealish said that Manchester City’s “perfect” response to their painful exit from the Champions League puts them in the lead in the race for the Premier League title.

“We always knew there would be pressure on us, especially after the middle of the week,” he said. “We have recovered perfectly. We stuck together as a unit, which was necessary.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed, we have to go back and work hard because we have another big game ahead of us on Wednesday.”

Jack Grealish of Manchester City (left) and Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United fight for the ball during a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.  Image date: Sunday, May 8, 2022
Grealish said City’s win over Newcastle was a ‘perfect performance’

Grealish said the win against the Newcastle team in form was even more important after Liverpool drew 1-1 against the Spurs on Saturday.

“We played against a good Newcastle team that has been brilliant since January. Today was a perfect response and a perfect performance,” Grealish added.

“We just have to go out and win every game ourselves, we’re in the driver’s seat. We can’t watch what’s going on around us. We just have to go and win every game.”

What’s next for Man City and Newcastle?

Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

Manchester City continue its bid for the second consecutive Premier League title in the Wolves on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports; beginning at 8:15 p.m. Pep Guardiola’s team is back on the road next Sunday on a trip to West Ham, live Sky Sports; start at 2 p.m.

Newcastle welcomes Arsenal to St James’ Park for Football on Monday night, keep living Sky Sports, while the Gunners are fighting for qualifications for the Champions League; start at 8 p.m. Eddie Howe’s side faces Burnley threatening to drop out on the last day of the Premier League season at Turf Moore; starting at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m.

Start at 20:15

Man City game schedule

Wednesday wolves Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 15 – West Ham Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 22 – Aston Villa (h) Premier League

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