It was the first chance for City players to respond to the Premier League allegations on the pitch and they did not disappoint.
A three-goal blitz in the first half allowed Aston Villa to come off the hook with their particular brand of shock and awe, something they had missed since scoring 24 goals and winning six in the September-October period. One flaw – especially against Arsenal on Wednesday – was Erling Haaland’s kick to the thigh, which forced him to remove the ball at half-time.
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Back in the fall, like this afternoon, they can score at will and make opponents feel inferior, so the performance of the past eight days is appropriate. City’s denial of 101 allegations of alleged financial misconduct sparked an emotional ‘coach’s welcome’ as Guardiola and the team held signs reading ‘fuck the Premier League’ and ‘look into that’ The banner went up to the fans. ) maintained an obscene posture), while the Premier League anthem was booed before kick-off.
In the end, City trailed Arsenal by three points before heading to the Emirates Stadium: had they won there, Guardiola’s side would have taken the lead on goal difference.
Guardiola said of Haaland: “We’ll see what he does in the next few days. I spoke to the doctors at half-time and they said, ‘Maybe don’t take the risk. I agree. I agree. Think it doesn’t hurt, but tomorrow we’ll see. If there was a risk, he wouldn’t play.”
Within 30 seconds, City had them panicked. Ollie Watkins feeds Leon Bailey, whose shot misses a corner. However, unlike the hosts’ first such free-kick, it didn’t work out: Riyad Mahrez shot from the left and Rodri’s header was over Emiliano Martinez.
For a first man who could be absolutely sure, the opening goal was a blemish on Martinez, a reminder of how this game bites your ass. But the Argentine redeemed himself when Rodri exchanged passes with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkeiguindogan unloaded: Martinez made a save to the right. Next, Haaland went down in a chaotic pass to the goalkeeper and Gundogan finished but Robert Jones ruled out a foul on the No. 9.
Urban sprawl: This has been rare these days. Jack Grealish nearly hit a stunning volley that would silence fans of the team he once captained and those who jeered at him. Then Harland missed from close range. Guardiola’s formation of his side in a 3-2-2-3, perhaps to close the gap when he was out of possession, bothered him. But once his men returned to their familiar, ball-ridden, free-flowing form, the defense became overwhelmed.
Kyle Walker’s pass kicked off her next move and fed to Rodri, who tapped De Bruyne. The Belgian jumped in like a nimble winger and scattered Villa, with Grealish receiving the ball and his curling effort needing Martinez’s glove to save him.
City’s second goal was a combination of De Bruyne’s genius and Haaland’s powerful pace. Seeing the latter lurking, the former turned around and hit a no-look chip. Martinez sprinted off the pitch as Callum Chambers panicked and headed past the keeper, who was crossed by a galloping Haaland
Riyadh Mahrez made it 3-0 after Glarish was tripped in the box by Jacob Ramsey at the end of a spectacular first 45 minutes and Jones took the penalty. City moved on in the second half as Julian Alvarez and Manuel Akanji replaced Haaland and Ruben Dias. De Bruyne, Grealish and Álvarez combined to knock down Rodri, whose efforts were stopped by Martínez.
As a game, this is over. Alvarez hit a shot, Walker leaped 50 meters and the City fans yelled at each other to “stand up for the title”, which they did. Watkins scored after a midfield scrimmage with Bernardo Silva, which saw him come forward to beat Ederson. While City are still a bit slack – Ederson had to move out of the way and John Duran was late – the overall performance may suggest they are at their best at the end of the season.
City will turn an eight-point deficit in 27 days and hope to emulate it if they beat Arsenal in north London
One more moment of defiance may have come at the final whistle when Panic, by The Smiths, was played. That song is not a usual choice here. The silk who will defend City before the independent commission and who will hear the charges is Lord Pannick KC. Though, of course, that may just have been a coincidence.
This was the first chance for Manchester City players to post an on-field riposte to the Premier League charges and they did not disappoint.A three-goal, opening-half blitz put Aston Villa away via their particular brand of shock and awe that has been missing since the September-October period when 24 goals and six wins in a row were reeled off. One blot on the landscape – and for their game at Arsenal on Wednesday – was a possible injury to Erling Haaland, which meant he was taken off at half-time. Continue readingreadfullarticle
This was the first chance for Manchester City players to post an on-field riposte to the Premier League charges and they did not disappoint.
A three-goal, opening-half blitz put Aston Villa away via their particular brand of shock and awe that has been missing since the September-October period when they reeled off 24 goals and six wins in a row. One blot – particularly for the trip to Arsenal on Wednesday – was the kick suffered to Erling Haaland’s thigh, which meant he was taken off at half-time.
Back in the autumn, as this afternoon, they could score at will and leave opponents with an inferiority complex so after the past eight days this was the apt performance. The 101 counts of alleged financial wrongdoing – which City deny – had drawn an emotional “coach welcome” as Pep Guardiola and the squad arrived to fans who held banners that declaimed “Fuck the Premier League” and “Investigate That” (with a finger in an obscene position), while the Premier League’s anthem was booed before kick-off.