Manchester City beat Newcastle to catch Liverpool’s mistake in the title race

Liverpool’s frustrating draw against Tottenham Hotspur On Saturday, City offered the opportunity to take a three-point lead at the top with just three games to play and Pep Guardiola’s side made no mistake with a sparkling performance at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling’s opening calmed the nerves after Wednesday’s semi-final collapse against Real Madrid, which saw City – apparently making it to their second consecutive final – concede two death-tolls before Karim Benzema completed the comeback in extra time .

Spanish duo Aymeric Laporte and Rodri’s goals against Newcastle were followed by late goals from Phil Foden and Sterling, adding further sparkle to a near-perfect weekend for City, who will retain their Premier League crown with wins over Wolves. West Ham and Aston Villa regardless of Liverpool’s efforts.

Despite the continued elusiveness of the Champions League, another league win would mark the Citizens’ fourth in five years and simultaneously end Liverpool’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple.

After a tumultuous week, it was a “perfect afternoon” for Guardiola, whose confidence in his team’s response to midweek defeat has never been shaken.

“With what this team did, do you have any doubts?” Guardiola told Sky Sport.

“We are five years doing it every three days. If some people have doubted us they don’t know this team.

“They are one of the best bands I’ve ever coached in my life,” he added.

Sterling is aiming for the opening.

Early Sterling

A fun opening saw both teams squander excellent chances before Sterling nodded at home with a cushioned header from Joao Cancelo.

His 83rd league goal for Guardiola, the 27-year-old has now surpassed Sergio Agüero as the club’s top league scorer during the Spanish manager’s tenure.

Many beautiful goals have been scored at Etihad since Guardiola’s arrival in 2016: City’s second was not one of them.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka tinkered with Ilkay Gundogan’s bouncy shot on Ruben Dias’s trajectory, his subsequent save presented the ball to Laporte, who scored his fourth league goal of the season at home.

City fans may have been forgiven for not settling for a two-goal lead after the collapse of Real Madrid, but as the hosts’ possession count has approached 70%, even the most pessimistic must have relaxed after that. Rodri added the third.

The Spaniard escaped his scorer and headed De Bruyne’s corner for his third league goal in as many games. For a team renowned for their smooth passing, incredibly, he scored City’s 20th Premier League goal of the season, according to BBC Sport.

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Callum Wilson’s one-on-one miss compounded a disappointing day for the visitors, but Newcastle’s season was long on the line after initial relegation fears.

Driven by the Acquisition of the consortium supported by Saudi Arabia In October, a frenzy spending in January helped the Tyneside club rise in the rankings, with a milestone still possible in the top half.

The late match goals from Sterling and Foden meant that City fans could, this time, enjoy two goals in the end of a match.

“We showed the personality we have after the defeat that we have which is incredible [against Madrid]”Rodri told Sky Sports.

“But that’s how football is, you have to wake up because you have to stay focused on the Premier League … we’re still fighting. The personality we showed today was incredible.”

Arsenal is close to returning to the Champions League

Elsewhere, an opening brace from Eddie Nketiah ensured a decisive 2-1 win for Arsenal over Leeds United in their hunt for a Champions League spot, increasing fears of Leeds relegation.

Despite playing with 10 men for more than an hour after Luke Ayling’s halftime red card, Diego Llorente’s header sparked a nervous ending for fourth-placed Arsenal as they head towards the club. ‘expected Thursday derby against Spurs with a four-point lead over their north London rivals.

The defeat to Leeds saw the Yorkshire club fall into the relegation zone, their misery being compounded by Everton’s 2-1 win in Leicester which took them out of the last three.

West Ham joined Manchester City to recover from midweek European disappointment, beating already relegated Norwich 4-0 to ease the pain of the Europa League semi-final lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

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