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Roberto Mancini begins his closed season with many targets on his radar as he looks to reinforce his squad of champions for next season with a host of star names being linked with a move to Eastlands. At the moment there seems to be more players departing Eastlands this summer than arriving sparking worries among fans that the team may be left short handed next season if the manager fails to bring in his top targets.
One of the first players who is likely to be leaving Manchester City permanently is Emmanuel Adebayor who has been on a season long loan at Tottenham. Spurs are said to be extremely interested in retaining the services of the striker and are looking to strike a deal to bring him to White Hart Lane on a permanent deal but with city looking for a much higher price than Tottenham have been willing to pay it is very unclear where the players future lies but it is certain it is not at Eastlands.
The Manchester side have now been seen to enter the race for Arsenals top striker Robin Van Persie as he is set to leave the Emirates as he has chosen not to sign a new deal and now the north London club are looking to cash in on their prized asset before he can walk away free at the end of next season. City as well as Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus are all attempting to lure the player into their squads with a fee of around twenty five million pounds being touted as the figure arsenal wish to receive for their players services.
Ac Milan have recently stepped up their interest in bringing Edin Dzeko to the San Siro even though manager Roverto Mancini seems reluctant to lose his striker but as Dzeko has found a place in the starting line up hard to achieve he may lose his striker to one of Europe`s biggest clubs for a fee thought to be around the twelve million pound mark.
The future of Carlos Tevez is again up in the balance as the striker has not put to rest rumours that he may be on his way to Paris St Germain this summer with the big spending French team very keen on acquiring his services for next season. After the long feud between Tevez and Mancini last season which resulted in the striker going into self imposed exile in Argentina for four months it is very unclear if the rift has just been cleared publicly rather than in regards of them being ok in a personal fashion.
Real Madris have stepped up their interest in Manchester City defender Micah Richards as he is seen to be one of Jose Mourinho`s top targets for the summer with a fee of around ten million pounds looking to be on the table. City have made no reply as of yet to this offer and we will have to wait and see if Richards will remain at Eastlands next season or could he be on his way to the sunny Madrid.
• Norwich’s entire squad cost less than a City substitute • Guardiola: ‘These boys gave me the prestige I have in England’
It did seem odd that, in the aftermath of Manchester City’s defeat to Norwich, there was talk of the champions needing to strengthen. By some accounts, Norwich’s entire squad cost less than a single City substitute, but yet – after the 3-2 reverse – it was the visitors who were felt to have a glaring absence in their team.
The name being uttered with a sigh was that of Aymeric Laporte. The “most solid and incredible defender that we had in the previous season”, in Pep Guardiola’s words, was missing from the City team with a knee injury and will continue to be missing until the new year. In his absence, the feeling went, City fell to pieces at the back. Coming under particular scrutiny was the partnership of John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi in central defence. With both players making prominent errors would Guardiola really persist with them, with so much at stake and Liverpool already five points clear in the Premier League?
Despite a late rally City were unable to claw anything out of a game Norwich had led from the 19th minute. Guardiola refused to criticise his players after the match, however, and warned his rivals that the title is a long way from over.
Premier League champions Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season as newly-promoted Norwich City put three past them at Carrow Road. Daniel Farke's side have had a tough start to life in the Premier League, this was their second win of season with a stunning display at home to the champions. Teemu Pukki's impressive start to life in the top division continued as he capitalised on a rare mistake from the Manchester City defence
No word from Pep, who is presumably busy kicking Otamendi and Stones around the dressing room like a pair of old socks. So it’s time for this MBM to grind to a halt. Paul MacInnes was our man in Norwich tonight, and here’s his match report. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!
Daniel Farke gives Sky his verdict. “We are absolutely delighted, it’s a great day for us. Carrow Road is absolutely buzzing. It is good for our owners, you can’t ask for more kind-hearted people. We have to stick to what we believe. You cannot change for one game. Of course we would have liked more possession, but sometimes you can’t against a team like Manchester City. We have had an unbelievably tough start, against the European champions, the English champions and the Europa League champions. And we are on six points after five games, which is decent. We have to stay calm. The fans are allowed to celebrate, but we have an unbelievably difficult game in Burnley. But we can enjoy this moment.” Half of that interview was practically obliterated by nearby fans singing paeans to their manager. They love this guy, and no wonder.
Kenny McLean speaks to Sky. “I don’t think many people gave us a chance. But when our backs are to the wall we come out fighting. Our performance was excellent from the first minute. They’re one of the best teams out there, and we’ve put ourselves against them and done an excellent job. It gives us confidence, something to build on, and shows we’re good enough at this level.”
Todd Cantwell adds: “We’re showing this isn’t an easy place to come and get points. To beat a team like that shows how together we all are. In the changing room, we know what we’re capable of. We looked forward to the game. We went out with the mentality that we had nothing to lose and a lot to win. It shows us that anything is possible.”
It’s fair to say nobody saw this coming. But Norwich City fully deserve the three points. They were magnificent to the very last man, as collectively impressive as John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were individually poor. Manchester City attacked with their usual panache; they pushed and probed, coming at the hosts from all angles. But they couldn’t do enough to dig themselves out of the hole their central defenders had dumped them in. It’s a result that means Liverpool are five points clear of second placed Manchester City at the top, while Norwich find themselves catapulted up to 12th spot. Carrow Road celebrates according to specifications set out by Delia all those years ago. Come on! Let’s be having ya!
Nope! Norwich City have vanquished the champions!
90 min +4: See 90 min +2, only this time it’s Sterling having a go. The crowd go ballistic as the ball is snaffled by Krul. Norwich so close now! Cantwell goes up the other end and takes the ball to the corner. He’s nudged over by Walker. Can Manchester City launch one last attack?
90 min +3: Jesus spins this way and that on the edge of the Norwich box. He eventually crafts enough space for a shot, but it’s weak and straight at Krul. What a finish!
90 min +2: Aguero dribbles down the left and cuts inside. He reaches the edge of the area and opens up his body, looking to sidefoot into the bottom right. But his shot has no oomph, and Krul can claim easily!
90 min: The champions come again - again - City winning a corner on the left. And that corner leads to another on the right! It’s cleared, but this is attack versus defence in the extreme style. And there will be four added minutes!
89 min: Srbeny comes on for Stiepermann. Manchester City win another corner. It’s cleared. But Carrow Road has gone very quiet.
From the corner, Jesus scampers left to right across the face of the box. He lays off to Rodri, who rakes a low shot through a thicket of players and into the bottom left! Krul should have saved that, but his hand was weak. Could the champions save themselves?
87 min: Cantwell comes sliding through Walker, who was perambulating down the right. It’s a free kick and a booking. The resulting free kick is half cleared by Norwich, though Sterling now comes again down the left. He crosses deep. Mahrez wins a header at the far post. It’s either going in, from a tight angle, or will be tapped over the line by Aguero. But Krul tips over magnificently!
86 min: Sterling George Bests his way across the face of the Norwich goal, left to right, but can’t get a meaningful shot away. His tame effort is helped on by Jesus, albeit merely into the hands of Krul.
85 min: Sterling loops a cross into the mixer from the left. Too high for Aguero, who spins away in agony. Goal kick.
84 min: Jesus dribbles like billy-o inside the Norwich box, but is swarmed and can’t work space to shoot. “This is glorious football,” opines Mary Waltz. “Not from a skills standpoint but in regards to the heart.” It’s quite the scene all right.
83 min: Norwich make their first change of the evening. Buendia is replaced by Drmic.
82 min: A corner for Manchester City as Jesus’s header from close range is deflected over the bar. Krul goes walkabout in an attempt to claim De Bruyne’s set piece, but he gets away with it, the ball sailing over everyone in the box and out for a goal kick.
80 min: McLean’s free kick isn’t up to much, and Ederson snaffles. A fine atmosphere rumbling in Carrow Road, though plenty of tension too, as a shock victory becomes an increasingly realistic prospect now.
79 min: Pukki is brought down by the hapless Otamendi, to the left of the Manchester City box. A chance for Norwich to load the box.
77 min: Sterling sashays in from the left and puts a gorgeous cross onto Aguero’s head, six yards out. Aguero gets too much purchase on his header, and the ball sails wildly over the bar. What a miss!
75 min: It’s all gone scrappy in midfield, which is exactly how Norwich like it right now. The champions need to relocate their mojo and quick. “I’m sorry, but I must protest,” begins Mac Millings. “Sale of the Century was a well-oiled machine, whose running time zipped by like Raheem Sterling past a hapless Bulgarian. And the theme tune is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.” I’ll concede that final point, for sure. But the self-styled “quiz of the week”? Nope. Not a patch on Winner Takes All with Tarby, Monkhouse-era Fortunes, or even 3-2-1.
73 min: Buendia sends a harmless free kick wide right of the goal. Then Bernardo Silva eventually leaves the stage, and Mahrez fills the gap.
72 min: Pukki and Buendia over-elaborate again, on the edge of the Manchester City box. Once again a chance to carve out a shooting opportunity goes begging. But then Bernardo Silva clatters into Byram and it’s a free kick 30 yards out.
71 min: Riyad Mahrez prepares to come on for Bernardo Silva. But Pep wants to give his man a few more notes. So play continues.
69 min: Bernardo Silva should be sent clear down the left by Sterling, but the pass is poor and Amadou is able to block. Then the Manchester City man is booked for a cynical tug on McLean as he chases back the other way.
67 min: Pukki, Buendia and Cantwell drive at the creaky Manchester City back line, but over-elaborate and fail to create a shooting chance. That was poor. Manchester City go up the other end, Walker winning a corner on the right, Otamendi sending his header straight at Krul. It’s difficult to see this ending 3-1.
66 min: De Bruyne drives at Stiepermann down the right. He drops a shoulder and threatens to go past, but slips over. Norwich had the sprinklers on at half-time, incidentally.
65 min: Ah no, he’s clattered into the back of Rodri, albeit clumsily rather than aggressively. Still, he doesn’t bother arguing the point.
64 min: A yellow card for McLean. Not sure what that’s for, maybe he’s crossed the line with overly strident patter.
62 min: A free kick for Manchester City out on the left. De Bruyne curls it into the mixer. Stones can’t get a head on it. Neither can Aguero. The ball nearly creeps all the way into the bottom right, but Krul claims as Carrow Road holds its collective breath.
60 min: Manchester City are coming at Norwich hard. The corner’s cleared, but Sterling’s soon rushing down the inside right. Krul rushes off his line and very nearly clatters him. But he stops just before making contact. No penalty. Another corner. And then another corner! This is relentless. Norwich eventually clear, the ball ending up back at Ederson’s feet, but this promises to feel like the longest half-hour in Norwich since the days of Sale of the Century with Nicholas Parsons.
59 min: Aguero has a snapshot that’s deflected out for a corner on the left. De Bruyne’s very first involvement is nearly an assist: he hits the corner long, and Otamendi nearly bundles in at the far post. But it’s deflected out for another corner instead.
57 min: Pep has seen enough. Gundogan and David Silva are hooked, with Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne coming on.
56 min: Manchester City continue to do their passing thing. But they’re finding touch with uncharacteristic regularity too, and the crowd holler at every misplaced sidefoot. “Judging from the photographs in your report, it looks like those East Anglians are actually watching the match, not their mobiles,” notes Simon Cordery. “They even seem to be celebrating instead of taking pictures. How retro!” They’ve been singing and chanting and everything, too. It’s almost as though Delia’s message sunk in all those years ago. We should all pay attention to the sainted Delia.
54 min: But be under no illusion: Norwich still have a lot of work to do if they’re to get anything out of Manchester City, who aren’t treble-winning champions for nothing. Aguero nearly jigs his way through the middle of the park and into the Norwich box. Amadou blocks just in time.
53 min: Aguero tries to get his team back into this match. He busies himself down the inside left and has a shot that’s deflected over the bar by Godfrey. The resulting corner leads to Walker having a dig from distance. He shanks the ball miles to the left, then screams in extreme displeasure at his team-mates.
51 min: Stones and Otamendi.
Playing out from the back, Stones rolls a hospital pass across the front of the box for Otamendi, who embellishes the error by taking a heavy touch of his own. Buendi steps in, nicks the ball and enters the box down the inside-right channel. He draws Ederson and slips a pass inside for Pukki who takes a touch and lifts the ball into the net, past a sprawling Stones! What a complete farce!
49 min: Norwich should be three up. Stones faffs around in the middle of the park, like Stones does. He gifts the ball to Stiepermann, who sends Pukki away down the left. Pukki enters the area and screws a weird shot across Ederson and out of play for a corner. But no matter! Because ...
47 min: The late-evening, late-summer sun streams across Carrow Road as Manchester City take up where they left off. On the attack. Bernardo Silva sends a couple of crosses in from the left. Amadou and Godfrey take turns to clear. It could be a long, long second half for the hosts if it’s to continue like this.
Here we go again! Manchester City get the second half underway. No changes! “Can Daniel Farke please come and manage Scotland when he’s finished giving Norwich fans the time of their lives?” asks Simon McMahon. “We’d take Pep too if he gets fed up winning things.”
Half-time team-talk. A small nod to Norwich / Manchester City matches of yore.
We said there’d be goals, right? Not sure any of us would have predicted they came along as they did, mind. What a second half we have in store!
45 min +1: Byram is booked for a cynical tug on Bernardo Silva, as the Manchester City midfielder looks to break down the left. All of a sudden, Norwich really need to hear the half-time whistle.
Wow, did Manchester City need this. Just before the break, Bernardo Silva finds a little pocket of space out on the left. He curls a perfect ball onto the head, six yards out, of Aguero, who plants a header into the bottom right, giving Krul absolutely no chance. Game on!
43 min: It’s attack versus defence, though Manchester City aren’t causing their hosts too many problems. Norwich are holding their shape well.
41 min: Zinchenko goes down after some garden-variety nonsense with Stiepermann, a dispute over a throw. Zinchenko rolls around a bit, holding his ankle, screaming, after a light trip amid a petty squabble. To Pep’s eternal credit, he races to the touchline and starts bollocking his own player, telling him to get up. You have got to love Pep Guardiola.
39 min: Sterling switches to the right wing in the hope of making something happen for Manchester City. He drops a shoulder and purchases a cheap corner off Lewis. Gundogan takes the set piece, whipping it low towards the near post. David Silva ghosts in, hoping to turn the ball into the bottom right, but can only clank it out for a goal kick.
37 min: Walker crosses deep from the right. Buendia should let the ball fly out for a goal kick, but head-juggles it instead. Krul steps in to claim as his team-mate faffs dangerously. A reminder that Norwich have a lot of work still to do if they’re to hold onto this unexpected lead ... and that they’ll need to keep calm heads. Nothing’s a given when you’re playing a team as relentless as Manchester City.
35 min: Sterling skedaddles down the left and curls a low ball into a crowded area. Krul stoops to gather without fuss.
34 min: ... there are claims for handball. The ball definitely hit Stones on the arm, during an aerial challenge, but the referee isn’t interested. VAR doesn’t get involved either. Norwich are incensed, but they have to make do with another corner, from which nothing occurs.
33 min: A free kick for Norwich out on the right, and a chance to load the box. The set piece is only half cleared, and Pukki grafts to win another corner. From which ...
31 min: Sterling hits the post! Bernardo Silva loops a header across the face of the Norwich goal, right to left, and Sterling crashes his own header onto the left-hand upright. Nothing’s going for Manchester City right now. But the margins are close. Sterling and Aguero will both wonder how they’re not on the scoresheet.
30 min: Walker is livid, arguing that Pukki was offside when he was sent through. But it was Walker who’d played the striker on. VAR checks, and the goal stands.
Well, well, well. The champions are two down! Buendi spins and flicks himself into space, just inside his own half. He feeds Stiepermann in the centre circle. Stiepermann slips an instant pass down the inside right, and Pukki is sent clear! He doesn’t have the pace to stay ahead of Walker, but no matter, because Manchester City are so light at the back. He squares the ball for Cantwell, who sidefoots into an empty net!
27 min: More Manchester City possession. Ping, ping, ping, ping. Suddenly Sterling zips in from the left and whips a vicious cross towards Aguero, on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box. Aguero flashes a header over from close range. You’ve seen him score plenty of those. “Can we declare now please?” begs David Jameson.
25 min: Sterling whips a high cross in from the left. Krul comes off his line and claims with great confidence. He’s also applauded for his handling when Walker bombs down the right and hits a low cross-cum-shot towards the bottom right. The keeper’s not to be beaten at his near post.
23 min: Manchester City continue where they left off, just before the goal. A lot of possession in the Norwich half. This could be a crucial ten or 15 minutes for the hosts, if they’re serious about causing a shock today.
21 min: Sterling tries to hit back in short order, but his speculative shot drifts well wide of the right-hand post. Here’s Gary Naylor. “Two words ... David Narey.” Scottish fans of a certain vintage will know exactly what he’s predicting here. At least nobody can accuse McLean of having scored a toe-poke, huh.
20 min: If there’s one chink in Manchester City’s armour, it’s defending the near post at set pieces. Some more evidence there. And a wee test for the champions now. Plenty of time to get back into this, just as Liverpool did against Newcastle after falling behind earlier in the day.
This is very simple. An outswinger sent towards the near post. McLean rises highest - barely challenged, in fact - and plants a powerful header into the top right! As easy as that! Ederson had no chance. That header was crashed home. Carrow Road erupts!
18 min: A little space for Tettey down the right. His low cross is hacked out of play by Zinchenko, and this will be Norwich’s first corner of the afternoon. And from it ...
16 min: Aguero’s causes more havoc down the inside-left channel. He pivots and shimmies, twists and flicks, and very nearly tees up David Silva just inside the area. Not quite. Sterling was lurking with intent too. But the home side hold firm.
14 min: An absurd amount of space for Gundogan, 25 yards out. Inexplicably, he turns down the opportunity to have a good old whack at goal, instead slipping the ball wide right for Bernardo Silva, who clumps it out for a goal kick himself.
12 min: Aguero breaks through a half-arsed Tettey challenge and scampers with purpose down the inside left. He slips a pass outside to Sterling, who shapes to shoot just inside the area but can’t get anything away. For a second, Manchester City suddenly looked very threatening.
10 min: Walker, under no pressure whatsoever in the centre circle, sends a simple pass wide right deep and high into the stand. That was a bit surreal. The champions are dominating, as you’d expect, but they haven’t quite clicked into gear yet. It may take a few more minutes to brush off that post-international-break rust.
9 min: Stiepermann trundles down the left and gets the better of Walker with a cute flick. Having circumvented the full back, he’s got a pass on to release Pukki down the middle, but the striker can’t trap it while running at full speed between Stones and Otamendi. That was half a chance.
7 min: Some of the metronomic Manchester City passing. Norwich can’t get a sniff at the minute.
5 min: Manchester City take a couple of liberties when passing the ball around at the back. Stones, then Ederson, both give Buendia a sniff. They don’t lose possession, but it looked a little risky for a second there.
3 min: David Silva takes. It’s an uncharacteristically poor effort, hitting the first man. But that first man, Lewis, slices backwards and allows Rodri a header from ten yards. Fortunately for Norwich, Rodri’s effort is tame and loops straight into the arms of Krul.
2 min: Manchester City don’t take long to establish themselves. They ping it around the middle of the park awhile, then suddenly man-of-the-moment Sterling makes good down the left. He lays off to David Silva, who earns the first corner of the match.
And we’re off! Norwich City get the ball rolling. A fine Saturday-afternoon-spent-in-the-public-bar atmosphere at Carrow Road. The hosts stroke it around the back awhile, then Krul blooters it forward so a couple of the Manchester City lads can get a touch. All good fun.
A word on the training tops. You wouldn’t have thought it would be easy to outdo Manchester City’s tribute to the Grateful Dead ...
Daniel Farke speaks to Sky about Norwich’s long injury list. “There is no time to cry. We are not here to raise the white flag. We want to give it a go and try to be competitive. Tim Krul had a slight injury yesterday and was still not good in the warm-up, so I needed to name two keepers on the bench.”
Pep adds: “I am pretty sure the game will be open. They will defend deep if we are good, but they like to play that way, they won the Championship playing that way. So why should they change?” He’s then asked if this is time for the erratic John Stones to stake a claim as a first-pick central defender. The response isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, as he references Fernandinho, the rest of the squad and young players in the academy.
Norwich make four changes to the team named for the 2-0 defeat at West Ham. Sam Byram, Ibrahim Amadou, Kenny McLean and Alex Tetty come in for Christoph Zimmermann, Moritz Leitner, Tom Trybull and Max Aarons.
Manchester City make three changes to the side that swatted aside Brighton 4-0. Kevin De Bryune and Riyad Mahrez drop to the bench, making way for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. The injured Aymeric Laporte is replaced by John Stones.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Rodri, Silva, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling. Subs: Bravo, Gabriel Jesus, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Foden.
It’s fair to say that Norwich City and Manchester City like to bring the goals. Here are half a dozen specially selected scorelines from the last decade: 7-0, 6-1, 5-1, 4-3, 3-2, 3-0. Forget that this fixture ended goalless the last time it was played, in March 2016. Or that it remained 0-0 the time before that, in February 2014. Because more often than not, these two serve up a high-scoring confection.
Norwich are usually on the receiving end. Of all those eye-opening scorelines, the Canaries were winners in just one game, a 3-2 victory at the Etihad in May 2013, Jonathan Howson grabbing the decisive goal in a back-and-forth thriller. That remains their only victory over Manchester City in the top flight since 1993 - thank Mark Robins and Lee Power for that one - though they did win 2-1 in a second-tier fixture in 2001.
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