Monday, October 3, 2022

Match Report – Manchester City Vs Sunderland, As Pep Guardiola Makes His Premier League Debut

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League debut got off to the absolute perfect start after Sergio Aguero converted from the spot four minutes into the game after Patrick van Aanholt had brought down Raheem Sterling. Man City had most of the ball in both the halves but, it was Sunderland who had equalized with only 19 minutes remaining through England forward Jermain Defoe’s tidy low finish inside the box.

Coming to Guardiola’s first Premier League team selection, the decision to leave England No 1 Joe Hart on the bench was a controversial one. Other than that new signing John Stones had made his City debut, as he and his England team-mate Raheem Sterling started for the Manchester based side.

For City’s first goal the ball was collected on the gallop as Sterling turned swiftly inside the area forcing Dutch defender Van Aanholt to eventually clip the winger’s leg. Who other than Aguero, City’s top scorer last season made absolutely no mistake from the spot as they were awarded a penalty for the foul the England International as the Argentine powered the penalty past keeper in goal Vito Mannone.

Sergio Aguero

The Spaniard Nolito who also made his debut went close later in the half by just curling wide from the left hand side having cut inside. Despite City’s dominance in possession, it was Sunderland that had the best chance of the remainder of the first half.

At the hour mark it shoudl have been the second goal of the day for the City number 1o as he pulled an effort wide from 10 yards even after the ball had dropped kindly to him and, the hosts were to concede 10 minutes later.

As Stones raced to close down the Sunderland substitute Adnan Januzaj down. the on-loan Manchester United midfielder had already fed striker Defoe in a central attacking position from where he only had to coolly slot the ball under City keeper Caballero to make it all square.

David Moyes’s side had however kept on pushing for a second or two but it had to be the men in blue who grabbed the late winner to Pep’s delight. After the City substitute Navas had got down the right and fed the ball into the six yard box where it had unfortunately flicked off the Sunderland keeper’s hand and onto the head of his team McNair who had signed from Manchester United, could not prevent the ball from bouncing off his head and into the goal to give City the lead.

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Despite the late Sunderland pressure, Guardiola’s men had eventually held on for the three points as they would also be delighted to know that last season’s title rivals Leicester and Tottenham also failed to achieve three points on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League debut got off to the absolute perfect start after Sergio Aguero converted from the spot four minutes into the game after Patrick van Aanholt had brought down Raheem Sterling. Man City had most of the ball in both the halves but, it was Sunderland who had equalized with only 19 minutes remaining through England forward Jermain Defoe’s tidy low finish inside the box.

Coming to Guardiola’s first Premier League team selection, the decision to leave England No 1 Joe Hart on the bench was a controversial one. Other than that new signing John Stones had made his City debut, as he and his England team-mate Raheem Sterling started for the Manchester based side.

For City’s first goal the ball was collected on the gallop as Sterling turned swiftly inside the area forcing Dutch defender Van Aanholt to eventually clip the winger’s leg. Who other than Aguero, City’s top scorer last season made absolutely no mistake from the spot as they were awarded a penalty for the foul the England International as the Argentine powered the penalty past keeper in goal Vito Mannone.

Sergio Aguero

The Spaniard Nolito who also made his debut went close later in the half by just curling wide from the left hand side having cut inside. Despite City’s dominance in possession, it was Sunderland that had the best chance of the remainder of the first half.

At the hour mark it shoudl have been the second goal of the day for the City number 1o as he pulled an effort wide from 10 yards even after the ball had dropped kindly to him and, the hosts were to concede 10 minutes later.

As Stones raced to close down the Sunderland substitute Adnan Januzaj down. the on-loan Manchester United midfielder had already fed striker Defoe in a central attacking position from where he only had to coolly slot the ball under City keeper Caballero to make it all square.

David Moyes’s side had however kept on pushing for a second or two but it had to be the men in blue who grabbed the late winner to Pep’s delight. After the City substitute Navas had got down the right and fed the ball into the six yard box where it had unfortunately flicked off the Sunderland keeper’s hand and onto the head of his team McNair who had signed from Manchester United, could not prevent the ball from bouncing off his head and into the goal to give City the lead.

Despite the late Sunderland pressure, Guardiola’s men had eventually held on for the three points as they would also be delighted to know that last season’s title rivals Leicester and Tottenham also failed to achieve three points on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League debut got off to the absolute perfect start after Sergio Aguero converted from the spot four minutes into the game after Patrick van Aanholt had brought down Raheem Sterling. Man City had most of the ball in both the halves but, it was Sunderland who had equalized with only 19 minutes remaining through England forward Jermain Defoe’s tidy low finish inside the box.

Coming to Guardiola’s first Premier League team selection, the decision to leave England No 1 Joe Hart on the bench was a controversial one. Other than that new signing John Stones had made his City debut, as he and his England team-mate Raheem Sterling started for the Manchester based side.

For City’s first goal the ball was collected on the gallop as Sterling turned swiftly inside the area forcing Dutch defender Van Aanholt to eventually clip the winger’s leg. Who other than Aguero, City’s top scorer last season made absolutely no mistake from the spot as they were awarded a penalty for the foul the England International as the Argentine powered the penalty past keeper in goal Vito Mannone.

Sergio Aguero

The Spaniard Nolito who also made his debut went close later in the half by just curling wide from the left hand side having cut inside. Despite City’s dominance in possession, it was Sunderland that had the best chance of the remainder of the first half.

At the hour mark it shoudl have been the second goal of the day for the City number 1o as he pulled an effort wide from 10 yards even after the ball had dropped kindly to him and, the hosts were to concede 10 minutes later.

As Stones raced to close down the Sunderland substitute Adnan Januzaj down. the on-loan Manchester United midfielder had already fed striker Defoe in a central attacking position from where he only had to coolly slot the ball under City keeper Caballero to make it all square.

David Moyes’s side had however kept on pushing for a second or two but it had to be the men in blue who grabbed the late winner to Pep’s delight. After the City substitute Navas had got down the right and fed the ball into the six yard box where it had unfortunately flicked off the Sunderland keeper’s hand and onto the head of his team McNair who had signed from Manchester United, could not prevent the ball from bouncing off his head and into the goal to give City the lead.

Despite the late Sunderland pressure, Guardiola’s men had eventually held on for the three points as they would also be delighted to know that last season’s title rivals Leicester and Tottenham also failed to achieve three points on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

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