Pep Guardiola’s team had just been surprised by Southampton, but returned to victory with a convincing 5-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Since his return to football after the break, Manchester City traveled the final stretch of the Premier League 2019/20 aware that the title was already in the hands of Liverpool – due to the enormous difference in points – and, as the dates progressed, he played to direct the runner-up.
These remaining matches serve Pep Guardiola’s to keep up with the rematch of the knockout round of the Champions League against Real Madrid, to be played in the first days of August, and this Wednesday he completed his 34th match on the the league with a landslide.
After the weekend’s fall to Southampton, the Citizens crushed Newcastle United 5-0 at Etihad Stadium and reached 69 points, to score nine away from the third in the table, Chelsea, with four games to go (12 units at stake).
The homeowner was able to break the fast zero on the scoreboard, through an interesting elaborate action in which the ball moved from side to side and ended in the left sector, where David Silva received to assist Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian defined first, with a touch, to shout the first after 9 minutes.
This conquest was followed by another comfortable goal scored by the Algerian Riyad Mahrez: the pressure on the rival field took effect to recover the ball, Kevin De Bruyne overflowed on the left and the African pushed left-handed and with the goal at his disposal at 21 ‘ .
The complement found the misfortune on the side of the Magpies, since in a rebound, the Argentine Federico Fernández sent the ball towards his own goal and made the third possible for those of Manchester at 12 ‘.
The party also had the pearl of David Silva, who, facing the goal and about 25 meters, placed his free kick shot with his left foot stuck to the right post of the immobile Slovak Martin Dubravka. The Citizens merged into a hug to congratulate the Spanish after his exquisite punch.
On the hour, the omnipresent Silva intercepted the ball in the Magpies’ attempt to exit and gave in to Raheem Sterling, who did not forgive hand to hand.
City celebrated its 22nd victory of the season and on Saturday will take a new step in its goal of completing the schedule: it will go home to Brighton & Hove Albion. While Newcastle, 13th in the standings, will be Watford’s visitor.
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