Manchester City produced a dominant performance against Wolverhampton away from home as they won 3-0 to catapult Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table.
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Jack Grealish It only took 55 seconds to open the scoring to lead to a Kevin De Bruyne Crossing to poke the house into the penalty area, before the striker Erling Haaland He scored his eleventh Premier League goal in seven matches.
Wolves reduced to 10 men in 33 minutes Nathan Collins He jumped for a loose ball and grabbed Grealish by his leash at his diaphragm, receiving a straight red card. After the break, with the midfielder Robin Nevis He returned to the Wolverhampton defence, the match was tighter but City made their way to all three points after Phil Foden Slotted home from another cross from De Bruyne.
1. Haaland does it again…
It was one of those days when City’s opponents were happy to keep the score below 10. Wolves were 2-0 down and a man fell after just 33 minutes and at that point the fans inside Molino feared the worst. Grealish had already opened the scoring after just 55 seconds before Haaland scored his usual goal – catching the ball outside the penalty area, running to Max Kellmann and shooting low past Jose Sa. Haaland has now scored 14 goals in 10 matches, who has netted in each of his last seven matches.
The Norway international has also become the first player in Premier League history to score in his first four away matches, and his scoring streak shows little sign of stopping. The 22-year-old likely felt he could have had more, especially after Collins was sent off for an ugly-looking challenge on Grealish, but in the second half Pep Guardiola’s side looked content to hit the ball and run the clock. .
Foden added a third goal midway through the second half, but Wolves will be pardoned for feeling they did a good job limiting the damage on a day that could have ended cricket.
2. Grealish silences his critics with a goal
It was as if Guardiola had predicted the future in his weekly press conference on Friday. When asked about Grealish and the criticism the £100m midfielder received after his performance against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, the City boss told him not to worry.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “In three more days you have another chance to be happy and do what you have to do.” And what do you know, after three days of 58 minutes lasting against Dortmund, Grealish was happy again – it took just 55 seconds to score his first goal of the season to put City 1-0 ahead.
There were question marks in preparation for the match over whether Grealish would even start against Wolverhampton, having struggled for the level so far this season, but Guardiola chose to keep him at the expense of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan and that proved the right decision.
Guardiola insisted on Friday that Grealish – who was booed by local fans for his links to Midlands rivals Aston Villa – should not be chosen because he scored an impressive number of goals and made assists, but after the controversy over his whereabouts this week, he would be happy to part with the mark. .
3. Wolves shoot themselves in the foot
Wolves started the weekend with the fewest Premier League goals so far this season, but also the best defensive record. However, if your ability to pick up points depends on keeping them tight at the back, you need to make sure you don’t concede within a minute and send a center back before the break. The afternoon was always tough against Man City and Haaland, but Wolverhampton, who were better at the start of the second half, didn’t help themselves either.
Speaking on Friday, Guardiola said they were “one of the toughest opponents” but in the end it was a restful day for the champions and City fans chanted “Erling Haaland, he scored more goals than you”. It’s Haaland 11-3 Wolves so far.
Bruno Lage did well at Molineux last season, he needs to sign his team soon if he is to avoid being dragged into the Premier League sacking race. New player Diego Costa was not part of the squad against City, suggesting he’s running low on fitness and Lage will need to make the 33-year-old fast during the international break.
Report: Wolverhampton 0-3 Man City | Premier League table | Upcoming matches
Wolves: Sa 5, Jonny 5, Ait-Nouri 6, Collins 4, Kilman 5, Moutinho 6, Neves 6, Nunes 6, Neto 6, Guedes 6, Podence 5.
subs: Traore 6, Hwang 6, Semedo 6, Campbell 6.
Manchester: Ederson 6, Stones 6, Cancelo 7, Dias 7, Akanji 7, Rodri 7, De Bruyne 8, Silva 7, Grealish 8, Foden 7, Haaland 7.
subs: Gundogan 6, Alvarez 6, Mahrez 6, Palmer 6, Gomez 6.
Best and worst performer
Best: Jack Grealish: De Bruyne deserves an honorable mention for his assists, but Grealish was under pressure at Molineux after criticism this week and the 27-year-old offered.
Worst: Nathan Collins: Wolves were already facing them with a 2-0 score but Collins’ decision to send Grealish off waist-high with his spikes was ridiculous. This was followed by a well deserved red card, and with it any chance of Wolves saving something of the game.
Highlights and Highlights
It only took 55 seconds to take the lead as Grealish finished his long dry spell.
Jack Grealish scores his first Premier League goal in 125 days 👀
Look what that means 😤 pic.twitter.com/e8dacLjJwb
– ESPN UK (ESPNUK) September 17, 2022
The only player who did not struggle in front of goal is Haaland. He showed that he can run to defenders and score with his right foot, to continue his amazing scoring streak.
If Erling Haaland continues to score at this rate, he will end the Premier League season with 57 goals 🤯 pic.twitter.com/QU9yL1sEpa
– ESPN FC (ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
Then as if City needed easier things, Wolves were reduced to 10 men as Collins was sent off for a massive challenge on Grealish that brought back memories of Nigel de Jong’s kung fu kick over Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final between Holland. and Spain.
The same atmosphere. pic.twitter.com/kSvvLswdMh
– ESPN FC (ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
A direct red card to Nathan Collins for this foul on Jack Grealish. The number of wolves decreased to 10 men.
– NBC Sports Soccer (NBCSportsSoccer) September 17, 2022
Foden’s goal made the match safe, and a few minutes later, it was paused for 70 minutes for a minute of applause in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, who died last week.
After the match: What the managers/players said
From Bruno Lage to BT Sport: “[It went wrong] Not only in the first half, but in the first minute. When a team like City, who played on Wednesday night, scores in the first minute it’s hard to come by. Between the first two goals we were there, but they scored in a transitional period… It’s not about Nathan Collins. This happens sometimes and the same situations, I saw one like this yesterday in the Aston Villa match against Southampton and nothing happened, today it was a red card.”
Pep Guardiola for BT Sport: “The game started well for us with two goals and a red card and after the Champions League came at 12:30 with the quality they have, they can keep the ball and the transfers are quick, it was an incredible victory. We struggled a lot after the first half until Phil [Foden] The goal is so much credit to the Wolves.”
Grealish to BT Sport: “It’s been a long time and it was good to drop the mark. And rightfully so, people were asking questions, I should score more and get more passes. I’ll always have people talking about me with the money I spent, but throughout my career I haven’t scored enough goals. I want to add that to my game. It’s great that Pep defends me. He has been great with me. Maybe I have to thank him for giving me a chance today after my performance on Wednesday because it might not have been the best. I’m grateful for him.”
Key Statistics (Provided by ESPN Statistics and Information)
Grealish’s effort was the ninth Premier League goal scored by Manchester City in the first minute of the match.
Kevin De Bruyne now has at least one pass in five of seven Premier League games this season. He was directly involved More Premier League goals at Molino in 2022 than any other player (including Wolverhampton players).
De Bruyne’s six assists this season is twice as many as any other player in the Premier League. This was also his first multi-pass game since April against Watford.
Erling Haaland is the first player in history to score in his first four away matches in the Premier League. Haaland now has 14 goals in 10 games in all competitions (11 in the Premier League) and has only failed to score in just two games this season for City.
– Via Opta: Haaland has scored 100 goals in his last 99 games in all competitions since leaving Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.
– Haaland (7) tied with Sergio Aguero, who did so in 2019, in the most consecutive matches with a goal for Man City since 1992-93.
– City are now unbeaten in their last 22 away matches with a record 16-6-0 (WDL). Their last away loss in the league was their first game last season, against Tottenham.
– City achieved its eleventh victory in the Premier League since the beginning of last season, and broke the tie with Chelsea for most teams in that period.
Wolves: Bruno Lage travels to East London to face West Ham United on October 1, starting at 12:30pm ET, then faces a tough trip to Chelsea. So things won’t get any easier.
Manchester In the midst of the international break, Man City will have time to prepare for the derby, with Manchester United visiting the blue half of the city on October 2. The club will play its next three matches at home, with FC Copenhagen visiting the Champions League. Before facing Southampton on October 8, so expect more goals for Haaland.