At the start of the twenty-sixth day of the 2022-2023 Premier League, Manchester City managed to put the pressure on the shoulders of leader Arsenal. Thanks to a success acquired at the Etihad Stadium against Newcastle United (2-0), the Citizens came back to within two points of the Gunners and completed a game thanks to goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. Without scoring but author of a decisive pass, Erling Haaland participated brilliantly in the success of his team and even entertained the gallery in the last moments of the match. Defensively, Ederson achieved his hundredth Premier League clean sheet.
It was a shock in the high peaks of the English championship, and as often in recent seasons, Manchester City emerged victorious. Runner-up to Arsenal, the Skyblues were aiming for a third consecutive success in all competitions, and the mission is accomplished without too much difficulty. Majority holder of possession of the ball (57%), the Mancunian collective lit the fuse from the first minute by its captain Ilkay Gundogan, but the header of the German midfielder finished above. Logically dominating, the team led by Pep Guardiola found the opening thanks to Foden, agile enough to interfere in the visitor’s defense and score the first goal of the match with a shot from the right (1-0, 15th).
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In goal for the Magpies, Nick Pope was making a comeback after his dismissal against Liverpool and his absence in the English League Cup final lost to Manchester United. But in fact, the English goalkeeper could not stop the negative spiral of his team, unable to win in the Premier League since … January 15! Fifth in the standings at the start of the match, Newcastle United could not get closer to the leading quartet. However, the opportunities to equalize existed via Callum Wilson, clumsy when arming his volley (37th), and Joelinton, not incisive enough to take advantage of Joe Willock’s cross (64th).
Inevitably, the punishment was quick to arrive for Eddie Howe’s men. Uninspired in this match, Kevin De Bruyne gave way to Bernardo Silva shortly after the hour mark. Two minutes later, the Portuguese took advantage of Haaland’s good lag to double the lead and score Manchester’s thousandth goal City at home in the Premier League (160 at Maine Road, and… 840 at the Etihad Stadium). Without Pope’s stop in front of Foden (86th), City could have made the bill worse. But the main thing, namely the victory, is there. Let it be said: Manchester City will not give up anytime soon in this final sprint for the title…
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