Manchester City put in a dominant efficiency in opposition to Wolves away as they gained 3-0 to leapfrog Arsenal on the top of the Premier League desk.
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Jack Grealish took simply 55 seconds to open the scoring as he latched on to a Kevin De Bruyne cross to poke house within the field, earlier than striker Erling Haaland netted his eleventh Premier League aim in seven video games.
Wolves have been lowered to 10 males on 33 minutes as Nathan Collins jumped for a free ball and caught Grealish within the midriff along with his studs, receiving a straight purple card. After the break, with midfielder Ruben Neves pushed again into the middle of Wolves’ protection, the sport was tighter, however City strolled their method to all three factors after Phil Foden slotted house from one other De Bruyne cross.
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1. Haaland does it once more…
It was a type of days the place City’s opponents will probably be comfortable to hold the rating under 10. Wolves have been 2-0 down and a person down after simply 33 minutes and at that time the house supporters inside Molineux have been fearing the worst. Grealish had already opened the scoring after simply 55 seconds earlier than Haaland acquired his customary aim — choosing the ball up exterior the field, operating at Max Kilman and capturing low previous Jose Sa. It’s now 14 targets in 10 video games for Haaland, who has discovered the online in every of his final seven appearances.
The Norway worldwide additionally grew to become the primary participant in Premier League historical past to rating of their first 4 away video games and his goal-scoring streak exhibits little signal of stopping. The 22-year-old will in all probability really feel he might have had extra, particularly after Collins was despatched off for an ugly-looking problem on Grealish, however within the second half Pep Guardiola’s facet appeared content material with knocking the ball round and operating down the clock .
Foden added a 3rd halfway via the second half however Wolves can be forgiven for feeling they did properly to restrict the injury on a day that might have led to a cricket rating.
2. Grealish silences his critics with a aim
It was nearly as if Guardiola predicted the long run at his weekly information convention on Friday. Asked about Grealish and the criticism the £100 million midfielder has acquired following his efficiency in opposition to Borussia Dortmund in midweek, the City supervisor advised him not to fear.
“It does not matter,” he stated. “In three extra days you might have one other likelihood to be comfortable and do what you might have to do.” And, what have you learnt, three days after lasting 58 minutes in opposition to Dortmund, Grealish was comfortable once more — taking simply 55 seconds to rating his first aim of the season to put City up 1-0.
There have been query marks within the build-up to the sport about whether or not Grealish would even begin in opposition to Wolves, having struggled for kind thus far this season, however Guardiola selected to hold him in on the expense of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan and it proved the suitable choice.
Guardiola insisted on Friday that he does not decide Grealish — booed all through by the house followers due to his hyperlinks to Midlands rivals Aston Villa — as a result of he racks up massive numbers of targets and assists, however after the controversy surrounding his place this week , he will probably be glad to get off the mark.
3. Wolves shoot themselves within the foot
Wolves kicked off the weekend having scored the fewest targets within the Premier League thus far this season, but additionally boasting the very best defensive file. However, in case your means to decide up factors relies on maintaining it tight on the again then you definately want to be sure to do not concede inside a minute and have considered one of your centre-backs despatched off earlier than half-time. It was at all times going to be a troublesome afternoon in opposition to Man City and Haaland, however Wolves, who have been higher early within the second half, did not assist themselves both.
Speaking on Friday, Guardiola stated they have been “one of many hardest opponents,” however ultimately it was a snug day for the champions and City’s followers chanted “Erling Haaland, he is scored greater than you.” It’s Haaland 11-3 Wolves thus far.
Bruno Lage did a great job at Molineux final season however he wants to get his group scoring quickly if he is to keep away from being dragged into the Premier League’s sack race. New signing Diego Costa wasn’t a part of the squad in opposition to City, which suggests he is greater than somewhat wanting match health, and Lage will want to get the 33-year-old up to pace rapidly over the worldwide break.
– Report: Wolves 0-3 Man City | Premier League desk | Upcoming fixtures
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.
Man City: 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 performers
BEST: Jack Grealish: De Bruyne deserves an honorable point out for his two assists, however Grealish was underneath stress at Molineux after criticism this week and the 27-year-old delivered.
WORST: Nathan Collins: Wolves have been already up in opposition to him at 2-0 down however Collins’ choice to spear Grealish at waist top along with his studs was ridiculous. A deserved purple card adopted, and with it, any likelihood of Wolves’ salvaging one thing from the sport disappeared.
Highlights and notable moments
It took simply 55 seconds for City to take the lead as Grealish ended his lengthy aim drought.
Jack Grealish will get his first Premier League aim in 125 days 👀
Look what it meant 😤 pic.twitter.com/e8dacLjJwb
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 17, 2022
One man who hasn’t been struggling in entrance of aim is Haaland. He confirmed that he can run at defenders and rating along with his proper foot, to proceed his unimaginable scoring streak.
If Erling Haaland carries on scoring at this price, he’ll end the Premier League season with 57 targets 🤯 pic.twitter.com/QU9yL1sEpa
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
And then as if City wanted issues any simpler, Wolves have been lowered to 10 males as Collins was despatched off for a excessive problem on Grealish that introduced again reminiscences of Nigel de Jong’s kung-fu kick on Xabi Alonso within the 2010 World Cup closing between the Netherlands and Spain.
Same vibe. pic.twitter.com/kSvvLswdMh
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
A straight purple card to Nathan Collins for this foul on Jack Grealish. Wolves are down to 10 males.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 17, 2022
Foden’s aim made the sport protected, and some minutes later, it was paused briefly at 70 minutes for a minute of applause to honor the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died final week.
After the match: What the managers/gamers stated
Bruno Lage to BT Sport: “[It went wrong] not simply within the first half, however the first minute. When a group like City, who performed on Wednesday evening, rating within the first minute it’s exhausting to take. In between the primary two targets we have been there, however they scored in a transition. … It shouldn’t be about Nathan Collins. Sometimes it occurs and the identical conditions, I noticed one like that yesterday within the Aston Villa recreation in opposition to Southampton and nothing occurred, at this time it was a purple card.”
Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: “The recreation began rather well for us with the 2 targets and the purple card and after the Champions League to come right here at 12:30 with the standard they’ve, they will hold the ball and transitions are quick, it was an unimaginable victory. We struggled loads after half-time till Phil’s [Foden] aim so a number of credit score to Wolves.”
Grealish to BT Sport: “It was a very long time coming and good to get off the mark. Rightly so, individuals have been asking questions, I ought to be scoring extra and getting extra assists. I’m at all times going to have individuals speaking about me with the cash that was spent on me, however all my profession I have never scored sufficient targets. I do need to add that to my recreation. It is good when Pep defends me. He has been good with me. I in all probability have to thank him as a result of he gave me the chance at this time after my efficiency on Wednesday as a result of it in all probability wasn’t the very best. I’m grateful to him.”
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Information)
– Grealish’s effort was the ninth Premier League aim ever scored by Man City within the first minute of a match.
– Kevin De Bruyne now has at the least one help in 5 of City’s seven Premier League matches this season. He has been straight concerned in additional Premier League targets at Molineux in 2022 than every other participant (together with Wolves’ gamers.)
– De Bruyne’s six assists this season are twice as many as every other participant within the Premier League. This was additionally his first multi-assist match since April in opposition to Watford.
– Erling Haaland is the primary participant in historical past to rating in his first 4 away video games within the Premier League. Haaland now has 14 targets in 10 matches in all competitions (11 within the Premier League) and has solely failed to hit the online in two matches this season for City.
– Via Opta: Haaland has scored 100 targets in his final 99 video games in all competitions since leaving FC Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.
– Haaland (7) is tied with Sergio Aguero, who did it in 2019, for probably the most consecutive video games with a aim for Man City since 1992-93.
– City at the moment are unbeaten of their final 22 away league matches with a file of 16-6-0 (WDL). Their final away loss within the league was their first match of final season in opposition to Tottenham.
– City put of their eleventh shutout win within the Premier League because the begin of final season, breaking a tie with Chelsea for many by any group in that span.
Wolves: Bruno Lage’s group traveled to east London to tackle West Ham United on Oct. 1, kicking off at 12:30 pm ET, after which face a troublesome journey to Chelsea. Things will not be getting any simpler.
Man City: Amid the worldwide break, Man City could have time to put together for the derby, with Manchester United visiting the blue half of town on Oct. 2. The membership will play their subsequent three video games at house, with FC Copenhagen visiting within the Champions League earlier than going through Southampton on Oct. 8, so anticipate extra targets for Haaland.