One Mistake Guardiola Avoided As Manchester City Recorded 5-0 Thumping Victory Over Norwich City
Manchester City has just bounced back to winning ways after a disappointing start to the 2021/2022 Premier League season. The citizens thrashed Norwich City 5-0, to record their first win of the Premier League season. This is coming on the heels of their frustrating 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their first match of the season.
Bouncing back to winning ways, Guardiola’s army scored five past Norwich City to seal the convincing victory. The scoring started in the 7th minute of the game after Tim Krul’s hauler led to an own goal. Capitalising on this early lead, Manchester City extended their dominance after their €100 million signing, Jack Grealish, scored in the 22nd minute to mark his first match at the Etihad stadium. In the 64th minute of the game, Aymeric Laporte scored a stunner to extend Manchester City’s lead. English playmaker, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez scored in the 71st and 84th minutes to seal the 5 – 0 victory over Norwich City.
Commendably, Pep Guardiola’s tactics against Norwich City was absolutely sensational. The Spanish tactician made necessary changes to the team that lost against Tottenham Hotspur. He introduced Kyle Walker to replace Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus played alongside Ferran Torres.
The return of Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City’s starting XI was integral to City’s victory. Over the past two matches, Guardiola’s team has suffered defeats because of the absence of a natural striker. During the Community Shield final against Leicester City, Manchester City’s attack was never a threat to Leicester’s defense. This is primarily because of the absence of a lone striker in Leicester’s 18-yard box. Also, during the game against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City faced similar problem because of the absence of a natural striker.
However, Guardiola’s move to return Gabriel Jesus to starting XI immensely enhanced Manchester City’s attack. The Brazilian forward provided two assists in the 5-0 victory. As a natural striker, he was always a threat to Norwich City’s defense and was never found wanting in the opponent’s 18-yard box.