Ride the City without looking back, with the Premier between eyebrows. Already said Guardiola that it was not going to be a pretty match and the team committed against Wolves as if it were the last, as if it were a final. He does not allow a break or a single mistake, proof that he wants to dominate in England again. It went from more to less and he lacked freshness as against West Ham, but in the end he won again and it begins to be necessary to calculate when he can be champion (4-1).
It does not matter who plays as the starter. Except for the nuance that one or the other may contribute, the team has so assimilated the idea that each player knows what to do in each area of the field. He hardly wears back because he squeezes and drowns his rivals in attack until he recovers the ball, also an overwhelmed Wolves. Handcuffed in Manchester, he could not spin a game towards Adama and he understood that exposing himself was too reckless against a City that with space is even more lethal.
The 1-0 was the copy of a goal that has been repeated ad nauseam at the Etihad. Rodri peeked at Mahrez with a wizard pass and the Algerian put the leather to the small area. All from memory. All mechanized. There is nothing improvised in a City that has drawn that play since Guardiola arrived in Manchester. Sterling I was waiting attentive to the auction but anticipated Dendoncker with a death touch: in the attempt to reject, he condemned Rui Patricio.
Often the figures serve to contextualize scenarios like this: almost 500 passes of difference marked the dominance of a City that saw some of the Laporte on the edge of the break for offside. And this sport, sometimes so unpredictable, is also explained by the Wolves draw. A naive lack of Rodri led to the head goal of Coady, the team’s first shot in a crash that forced Guardiola to rethink things.
Fundamentally because the team of Nuno changed the chip. Suddenly he found the context he was hoping for. A party willing to resolve to the counterattack. And to the City doubts entered him. It’s blocked. In any case, he did not stop trying. Sterling ran into the wood but Gabriel Jesus fortunately picked up a deviated center of Walker to sign the umpteenth City triumph. In the discount, Mahrez took advantage of a juvenile mistake of Otasowie to confirm that this is only one thing. Before the end Gabriel Jesus a bad clearance of Rui Patricio.
Manchester City, 4
Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva (Gündogan, 81 ‘); Mahrez, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Rui Patricio; Hoever, Dendoncker, Coady, Saïss, Jonny Otto (Silva, 55 ‘); Neves (Otasowie, 89 ‘), Moutinho; Semedo, Adama Traoré, Neto
Coach: Nuno Espirito Santo
Goals: 1-0, Dendoncker (pp. 15 ‘), 1-1, Coady (61’), 2-1, Gabriel Jesus (80 ‘), 3-1, Mahrez (90’), 4-1, Gabriel Jesus (94 ‘)