August 21, 2023

current champions Manchester City defeated a tenacious Newcastle United club that had been tipped as a potential challenger to their title, serving as a reminder to their title opponents that they remain the team to beat.

Manchester City
Manchester City

When facing a Magpies team that fought valiantly but had little offensive danger for the whole of the game Manchester City. Julian Alvarez’s spectacular first-half goal was more than enough to keep The successful start to City’s Premier League campaign.

In Kevin de Bruyne’s absence, who could be out for up to six months after undergoing hamstring surgery this week, Phil Foden provided City with the creative spark.

After the break, the English playmaker continued to create chances, with Erling Haaland squandering the best of them by shooting wide. The playmaker also assisted Alvarez in scoring.

Newcastle outplayed City in the middle and shocked the home crowd with their aggressive play, with Foden and Rodri both taking a few hard challenges.

However, Eddie Howe’s team struggled in the final third, which was surprising given that they defeated Aston Villa by a score of five on the opening weekend.

Despite some late pressure, they were unable to create another clear chance. Up until the 70th minute, when replacement Harvey Barnes finally challenged Ederson from beyond the box, they were unable to manage a shot on target.

Manchester City

Foden fills De Bruyne’s shoes by stepping up.
The issue before the game was who would supply the attacking heartbeat for last season’s Treble winners as De Bruyne is sidelined indefinitely and Bernardo Silva is now unavailable due to illness.

Foden stepped up to the plate, at times virtually single-handedly propelling his team forward and posing regular challenges to Newcastle with his fast twists and brisk passing in their half.

The 23-year-old’s deft touch set up Alvarez for City’s winning goal, who then produced a beautiful strike past Nick Pope while operating in a rare pocket of space on the edge of the Newcastle box.

After the break, it was more of the same when Foden’s sharp run and pass nearly unleash Haaland; the Norwegian striker only stopped from scoring by Fabian Schar’s outstanding last-ditch effort.

A few minutes later, the two connected once more, and this time Haaland did manage to get past the defense of the Magpies, but with the goal gaping, he missed his shot.

Foden persevered in probing though, and when Haaland returned the favor by sending him galloping into the box late on, he came uncomfortably close to scoring himself. He missed with his shot, which would have crowned an outstanding individual performance.

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