Manchester City round-up: Guardiola on five-goal victory; boss defends Mane; Tottenham defender linked
Don’t worry City fans, it wasn’t a dream.
There was certainly no hangover from the international break for Manchester City yesterday afternoon as Pep Guardiola’s side simply blew ten-man Liverpool away in a superb 5-0 victory.
Braces from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, added to Sergio Aguero’s opener, ensured that their unbeaten start to the season continued and they kept the pace at the top of the Premier League.
Talking to BBC Sport after the match, the City boss said:
“The game was tight, it was equal when it was 11 against 11. After the red card it was different – I know it’s not easy to play against 10, it’s easier but not easy.
“But we controlled the game and the second goal before half-time was so important. They changed the system and we spent a few minutes to adjust but after that we were in control.”
The game’s big talking point came with the score at 1-0, however, when Sadio Mane’s 50/50 challenge on goalkeeper Ederson was deemed dangerous enough to warrant a straight dismissal.
Addressing the incident, Guardiola said:
“The action is hard. I cannot think a player like Mane is going to make a hard challenge to the face so I think he followed the ball, but the action is dangerous.”
Another three points, allied with rivals Manchester United being held to a draw against Stoke City later on Saturday evening, means that City now sit level on points with Jose Mourinho’s side in second place.
Back into the land of speculation and rumour, and The Sun have claimed this morning that Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is firmly on Guardiola’s radar as he looks to strengthen his options.
The report alleges that the Spaniard is looking at Alderweireld as a potential long-term successor for captain Vincent Kompany, who missed the victory over Liverpool after suffering from a calf problem.
And this comes in the same week that the Belgian international’s future in north London was seemingly been put in jeopardy, with Alderweireld still not securing a contract extension at Spurs.
His agent, Stijn Francis, spoke out earlier this week to Het Nieuwsblad and openly claimed that Alderweireld’s performances deserve a much better deal than his current £50,000-a-week contract.
After missing out on West Brom defender Jonny Evans on deadline day, City could now turn their attentions towards the Tottenham talisman – although it’s said he could set them back £60million.
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