Man City vs Newcastle: Guardiola ready for Benitez’s Chelsea tactics

Man. City vs Newcastle: England right-back Kyle Walker's first goal for nearly three years ensured Manchester City celebrated a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on the 10th anniversary of the club's takeover by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour.

Premier League champions Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad on Saturday evening.

Salomon Rondon: Known for his brute strength, the target man showcased his finesse ability as he passed the ball well against City.

The issue of Leroy Sane's attitude will not go away either. With such a formidable attack, the hosts were still largely wasteful in front of goal.

Pep Guardiola insisted Leroy Sane's omission from Manchester City's matchday 18 for the 2-1 win over Newcastle United was purely a tactical decision. Riyad Mahrez will take some to settle in, but the early signs suggest the Algerian is a downgrade to Sane. As well as fulfilling his defensive duties, Walker was an outlet for his side on the flank, particularly in the second-half.

Both goalkeepers excelled in the 65th minute as City's Ederson picked out substitute Bernardo Silva with a clever underarm throw.

Martin Dubravka: What a star in goal. Subs: Joselu 6, Murphu N/A, Atsu 5.

If Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, restored to the starting lineup after injury, was looking to redeem himself after a reported training ground fracas with Matt Ritchie, the centre back failed miserably.

City, who have not lost a Premier League game to Newcastle since September 2005, opened the scoring in the seventh minute thanks to Sterling's second goal of the season.

Newcastle hung in there, however, and equalised on the half-hour mark with a well-worked goal. Yedlin levels the scores totally against the run of play! "To start with 10 points from 12 is a good start for us and I am so satisfied". Not once, twice but three times Dubravka comes to Newcastle's rescue!

  • Angelo Rivera