- After his KO against Real Madrid, the ‘citizens’ took advantage of Liverpool’s puncture to open a gap of three points in the lead with three days to go
Manchester City got up from the very hard blow that was the elimination in the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid and took a big step to revalidate the Premier League after defeating Newcastle by a resounding 5-0.
Liverpool had punctured on Saturday against Tottenham at Anfield (1-1) and City did not miss the opportunity to open a three-point gap in the exciting fight between both teams. In addition, in the event of a tie in the final classification, the ‘citizens’ have the general ‘average’ in their favor with a difference of +4 goals.
Those that City and Liverpool have left
With three games to play, City still have to visit Wolves and West Ham before closing out the championship at home against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. Liverpool, meanwhile, visit Aston Villa and Southampton and will finish at Anfield against Wolves.
Pep Guardiola made four changes to the eleven at the Bernabéu: Oleksandr Zinchenko for the injured Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gündogan for Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling for Phil Foden and Jack Grealish for Riyad Mahrez.
Doubts in starting defense
City started with their overwhelming version, with overwhelming pressure, and showed no signs of showing the physical and mental blow of the Champions League, although at the same time in the first moments their defense was fragile and they suffered a couple of scares.
Thus, the first chance was taken by Chris Wood, who headed just one corner but his shot went to Ederson (9′). But City’s offensive machinery worked perfectly and Aymeric Laporte, with a volley after another corner kick (10′), and Joao cancelled, with an early dribble shot that also narrowly missed (16′), already They were able to open the scoring.
The 1-0 came in the 19th minute after a combination mark of the house of City. Gündogan put a ball behind center back Matt Targett and Cancelo headed Sterling perfectly so that he also beat Martin Dubravka with his head from close range.
Wood, again from a corner, silenced the Etihad stands for a few seconds when he scored but the goal was disallowed by Bruno Guimaraes being offside (24′).
Laporte makes it 2-0
It was City’s last concession to a responsive Newcastle that the previous day offered resistance to Liverpool (0-1). Led by a brilliant Kevin de Bruyne, chosen MVP of the match, the ‘citizens’ intensified their dominance, embroidered football with quick and precise combinations and before the break it was 2-0.
It was a goal of insistence after rehearsed play. De Bruyne launched a corner straight wide for Gündogan, from the edge of the box, connected with a beautiful volley. Dubravka left the ball loose, held off Rúben Dias in the rebound but Laporte, with an empty goal, scored at will (38′).
Rúben Dias stays in the booth
During the break, Guardiola left Rúben Dias in the dugout, possibly due to discomfort, and brought in Fernandinho as central defender in the absence of John Stones.
But City had no problem sealing the match with third place after another corner. De Bruyne bounced it again and Rodri, at the near post, headed into the net, while Guardiola on the wing congratulated his assistants for the success, as in 2-0, of a rehearsed move (61′).
Foden and Sterling round the hand
Newcastle, who have never won at the Etihad, could only cover up the defeat in a heads-up call by Callum Wilson that Ederson took from him.
Already over regulation time, City made it 4-0 in a great run down the left by Grealish, Zinchenko did not land his shot well but Phil Foden deflected it into the net. The icing on the hand was put by Sterling’s double, assisted by Grealish, after Foden threw a heel wall at him.re