After his terrible elimination in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Real Madrid on Wednesday, Manchester City already had to remobilize not to lose the last challenge of this end of the season: the Premier League title. After Liverpool’s misstep earlier in the week, Pep Guardiola’s men could regain a three-point lead in the event of victory against Newcastle on the 36th day of the Championship. For this meeting, the Spanish technician trusted Gabriel Jesus, Grealish, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne to bring back a victory. For its part, Newcastle presented themselves with Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin in the eleven.
Dominant at the start of the game, Manchester City was quick to open the scoring and thus dispel doubts after the defeat against Real Madrid. On a marvel of collective action, Joao Cancelo headed over Sterling who therefore opened the scoring in this meeting (19th). Aymeric Laporte’s teammates quickly broke shortly before the break. On a good combination from a corner, the Spanish international defender took back in two stages a ball repelled by the goalkeeper Dubravka (2-0, 39th) and sheltered his team in this important match in the title race.
Three points ahead of Liverpool
When they returned from the locker room, the Citizens continued on this momentum and above all wanted to drive the point home to heal their goal difference which could well count at the end of the season for the title. Dominating, they were rewarded with a third goal signed Rodri. The Spanish midfielder catapulted a corner well hit by the inevitable Kevin De Bruyne (3-0, 61st). Enough to also distance Liverpool by +4 goals, runner-up to City in the standings.
At the end of the game, after a few attempts from Foden or Grealish, Manchester City managed to score again. Phil Foden, substitute at kick-off, drove the point home at the very end of the game after a hard job from Grealish (4-0, 90th) before Sterling went there with his double in the last moments (5-0, 90th+4). It took a very good Ederson to prevent Newcastle from closing the gap (82nd) as well. With this victory, Manchester City take a 3-point lead over Liverpool and bounce back well after their disappointment against Real on Wednesday. Three days from the end, Pep Guardiola’s troops have their destiny in hand.