Manchester City were brilliant as they steamrolled Newcastle United 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium to bounce back from the defeat to Southampton.
Manchester City looked back to their excellent best as they dispatched Newcastle United with an impressive 5-0 victory at home. Club captain David Silva put in a vintage performance with a goal and two assists, while Gabriel Jesus broke his duck and got a much needed goal in a comprehensive win for the Citizens.
1. Captain Fantastic
It has not been quite the David Silva of old this season, but today, we saw the captain at his very best at least one more time before he departs at the end of the campaign. In a Man of the Match performance, Silva controlled the game from midfield and set the tempo for a dominant win. Silva will be sorely missed, but if he and City can be at their best next month, he may depart with a European title in hand.
2. Jesus is Risen
After a serious scoring drought as City’s main-choice striker without Sergio Agüero, all eyes have been on Gabriel Jesus. However, he answered the call today by scoring the opener within the game’s first ten minutes, linking up well, and nearly adding a second in what became a Federico Fernández own goal. With Agüero’s uncertain injury situation and the potential for City to look to the market for a replacement, Jesus will need to continue to put in top-level performances if he is to truly take the mantle as the Argentinian’s successor.
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3. Playing for Places
While the Premier League restart has been little more than dead rubbers for Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola should be commended for keeping the fire in this squad. Everyone in the team still shows a desire to win, and perhaps to perform well in order to be in Guardiola’s favor for upcoming matches in the FA Cup and Champions League fixtures that will define City’s season. Despite inconsistent results, the team cares and still wants to deliver performances for their supporters week-in and week-out, which is highly encouraging.