England – 15th day
Faced with timid Magpies, the Citizens easily won (2-0). Guardiola’s men are four points behind the leader, Liverpool.
The lesson: Manchester City is on the rise
After two draws obtained against Manchester United (0-0) and West Brom (1-1), Pep Guardiola’s men carried out the good operation of this Boxing Day by winning easily against the Magpies who simply refused to play for their trip to the Etihad Stadium. After a shy start to the match, the Skyblues made the difference on their first opportunity of the meeting. Well helped by the work of Sterling, who erased Ritchie and Schär with a sublime hook, Ilkay Gündogan was able to open the scoring (1-0, 15th). We still felt a Manchester City tired and almost burnt out due to a heavy string of eight matches in the space of three weeks, but they could not be worried for this Boxing Bay because of the harmless performance of Newcastle (80% possession for City). De Bruyne notably missed a duel in front of Darlow before half-time (35th), but Ferran Torres was in good shape this Saturday and offered himself the goal of the break, taking back a center badly returned by Fernandez, the Newcastle defender (2-0, 55th). Manchester City could have won more heavily with the opportunities of Bernardo Silva and Torres (59th, 73rd), but certainly lacked juice to deliver a better performance. Nonetheless, Guardiola’s men can be happy with the result as they come back to four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The winner: Ferran Torres showed up
He was the most dangerous of the evening. Already decisive against West Brom, the Spaniard offered his second goal of the season for 2-0 (55th) and could have scored a double but missed two great opportunities (23rd, 51st). Also note, a superb pass for De Bruyne, but the Belgian missed his duel (35th). Arrived this summer in England, the former striker from Valencia gradually imposed himself in the Skyblues group.
The loser: Steve Bruce missed himself
It is often said that putting the bus in front of your keeper is the easiest way to avoid losing, but Newcastle have proven that you still need some control. While the Magpies could have worried a sluggish and tired Manchester City this Saturday, Steve Bruce chose not to play the game and leave the ball to the Citizens but this did not bear fruit since Newcastle’s defense was not not often well positioned and was exceeded on both goals conceded.Samuel Zemour
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