Coach Pep Guardiola witnessed Man City win against Newcastle host when they were held 2-2 in round 14 of the Premier League tonight in the match that the defending champion only ran and shot on the opponent’s court.
When top Liverpool team will most likely have 3 points against Brighton visitors in this round, Man City marched to St James’ Park, not outside the purpose of winning to maintain a distance of 7 points. However, Pep Guardiola’s army suffered significant losses in the absence of striker Sergio Aguero due to injury.
So Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus were tasked with breaking the Newcastle line, who needed a positive result to dispel the disappointing performance against Aston Villa in the previous round.
Before the home team actively played with 5-4-1 defensive tactics, Man City was too easy to dominate the game completely. Meanwhile, Newcastle has less possession, but they make the defending champion more or less disturbed by the speedballs of Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron on the right-wing.
At the later time, the possession rate and the number of times the home team seemed to be too redundant for Man City. The ball seemed to be just outside Newcastle’s penalty area but the most important thing was that the goal was too expensive for the defending champion.
The one-sided match was still maintained by the Guardiola students in the second half but Man City was still stuck in finding the goal. The bus defense and the excellence of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka have blocked a series of opportunities for De Bruyne, Mahrez and Jesus.
Before the deadlock of the attack, Guardiola succeeded with his personnel adjustments when launching Philip Foden and Bernado Silva into the field in the second half of the second half. Accordingly, the patience to support the army of coach Steve Bruce again Overwhelmed by De Bruyne’s goal, Man City took the lead for the second time before the match with 8 minutes.
However, Newcastle was almost facing defeat, the drama happened in the 88th minute when Jonjo Shelvey made a direct free kick to defeat goalkeeper Ederson equalizing 2-2 for the home team.
The draw against the defending champions certainly satisfied coach Bruce and fans of Newcastle in the match where they only had a possession ratio of only 19% and made 3 shots. But with Man City, two draws with dozens of missed opportunities is probably a great disappointment when they create a game where the opponent is almost just doing defensive work. More disappointed when a point at St James’ Park made Guardiola’s army not only faced the increased Liverpool gap but also could be Leicester in second place.