Jack Grealish scored on his dwelling debut as Man Metropolis bounced again from defeat with a 5-0 thumping of Norwich Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium.
Metropolis have been unrelenting from the primary whistle to the final and took the lead after six minutes, as Grant Hanley’s tried clearance from Gabriel Jesus’ cross hit Tim Krul and went into his personal internet.
Halfway via the primary interval £100m man Grealish opened his Metropolis account, turning dwelling one other Jesus supply (22), though he appeared to know little about it, and celebrated along with his fingers in his ears as an obvious message to his detractors.
Aymeric Laporte scored his first objective on the Etihad from Ilkay Gundogan’s nook simply after the hour (64) earlier than Raheem Sterling, dropped from Pep Guardiola’s beginning line-up, scored 10 minutes after approaching as Jesus racked up a hat-trick of assists (70) with a 3rd low ball from out broad.
It took Norwich 78 minutes to muster their one and solely shot of the sport via winger Milot Rashica earlier than substitute Riyad Mahrez fried in late on (84) because the Canaries’ punishing begin to the season continued, whereas Metropolis earned a morale-boosting win to recuperate from their defeat at Tottenham final weekend.
Man Metropolis: Ederson (6), Walker (8), Dias (8), Laporte (8), Cancelo (7), Rodri (8), Silva (7), Gundogan (8), Torres (6), Jesus (9), Grealish (8).
Subs: Sterling (7), Palmer (7), Mahrez (7).
Norwich: Krul (5), Aarons (4), Gibson (5, Hanley (4), Giannoulis (5), Lees-Melou (4), Gilmour (5), Rupp (4), Cantwell (5), Pukki, Rashica.
Subs: Mumba (6), McLean (5), Sargent (5).
Man of the match: Gabriel Jesus
Relentless Metropolis bounce again to batter Norwich
Guardiola had by no means misplaced 4 video games in succession and would in all probability have been completely satisfied to handpick Norwich because the opposition as he regarded to maintain that document in tact.
He had gained his solely different Etihad encounter with the Canaries 5-0 and his facet clicked straight into gear to steer inside six minutes. Metropolis overloaded the flanks from kick-off and opened the scoring when Jesus turned Rodri’s diagonal ball throughout the field, the place Hanley’s determined block cannoned off Krul and into his personal internet.
It regarded like being two 9 minutes later when Torres slotted dwelling emphatically however with Norwich nonetheless complaining about Rashica being left on his bottom within the build-up, Graham Scott consulted the VAR monitor and overturned his unique resolution.
With one other seven performed, it was two. Jesus once more discovered area out broad with one other harmful cross which Torres missed however Grealish turned on the again publish, though the summer time arrival had little time to regulate and appeared to know little about his debut strike.
The hosts’ depth by no means dropped however they needed to wait till the second half so as to add to the scoreline, when Aymeric Laporte notched a scrappy third from an Ilkay Gundogan nook for his ninth Metropolis objective, however his first on dwelling soil.
Substitute Sterling, who has now began solely six of Man Metropolis’s final 12 Premier League video games, was given the ultimate half hour to impress from the bench and tapped dwelling Metropolis’s fourth 10 minutes later, ending off Jesus’ centre after a stunning through-ball from Kyle Walker.
One other substitute, Mahrez, added a surprising fifth within the ultimate minutes as Metropolis responded to questions on their attacking output emphatically, firing in powerfully off the publish from Dias’ beautiful lofted ball into him.
Man of the match – Gabriel Jesus
Metropolis’s quantity 9 was given a task extra akin to an inside ahead as Ferran Torres was most popular via the center, however the Brazilian proved there is likely to be life in his Manchester Metropolis profession no matter whether or not Harry Kane joins the membership with a sensational efficiency.
Jesus set the tone when establishing Krul’s early personal objective, and went on to register a hat-trick of assists in Metropolis’s emphatic victory. He managed just one shot acorss the 90 minutes in his extra withdrawn function however accomplished essentially the most key passes (three) of anybody on the pitch.
Opta stats: Metropolis begin with a bang but once more
- Manchester Metropolis have gained their opening dwelling sport in 12 of their final 15 Premier League seasons (D2 L1), scoring 43 targets on this spell (2.9 per sport).
- Norwich have began a season with two defeats of their opening two league video games for the primary time since 1997-98 within the second tier, and first within the top-flight since 1987-88.
- Since Pep Guardiola joined Manchester Metropolis forward of the 2016-17 season, there have been 49 Premier League video games gained by a margin of 5+ targets; the Spaniard’s facet are chargeable for 23 of those (47%).
- In Premier League historical past, solely Leicester in 2001-02 (-9) and Wigan in 2010-11 (-10) have ever had a worse objective distinction from their opening two video games of a season than Norwich’s -8 in 2021-22.
Manchester Metropolis host Arsenal on the Etihad subsequent weekend of their second dwelling sport of the season; kick-off at 12.30pm.
Norwich start their Carabao Cup marketing campaign with a house tie in opposition to Bournemouth on Tuesday; kick-off at 7pm. They then host Leicester of their subsequent league sport on Saturday; kick-off at 3pm.