Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City: Canaries end champions’ unbeaten run

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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Carrow Road
Norwich City made a magnificent display to inflict Manchester City’s first Premier League defeat in an ecstatic Carrow Road since January.
The Canaries took benefit of a performance from the reigning winners who was careless in the intense and characterised and missed 11 players but made light of those harms.
Kenny McLean rose unmarked to match Emiliano Buendia’s corner and 10 minutes later increased their advantage when a flowing move started by Marco Stiepermann finished with Teemu Pukki setting Todd Cantwell for an easy conclusion up.
Sergio Aguero’s header just before the break looked to have launched the stage for a Manchester City comeback however a misunderstanding between Nicolas Otamendi along with John Stones, that had been typical of their screens, saw the Argentina centre-back attacked for Pukki by Buendia to score.
Rodri scored his first goal with just two minutes left to make it a nerve-jangling ending before referee Kevin Buddy’s closing whistle was the spotlight for celebrations and inflict a defeat that renders Pep Guardiola’s side five points adrift of Liverpool for Manchester City.
It was unavoidable City would miss the class, composure and quality of Aymeric Laporte – who’s set to be out for six months with a knee injury that is significant – however, this screen indicates is much more menacing for Manchester City.
Guardiola has lost influence and quality with the injury of Laporte as well as Vincent Kompany’s passing and the nightmare came true at Carrow Road since Otamendi and Stones needed a moment.
City’s supervisor will understand he must now trust the pair.
Guardiola criticism should not be escaped by himself to the defeat after he left Kevin de Bruyne then delayed his arrival until later Norwich had re-established their two-goal lead. Choices were being mystified by them along with there was also a hefty price paid.
The way of Norwich’s goals will concern Guardiola, ranging from poor marking at set bits – that is now a recurring issue – to efforts to perform out from the back.
Otamendi and also stones were riddled with nerves during, their lack of understanding represented by the fact they had played together as a centre-back matching six occasions in the previous twenty months.
It would be ludicrous to start writing off the title hopes of a team so rich in quality but five-point gap into Liverpool looks big once you believe Jurgen Klopp’s team just lost once at the league last season, to City, and have won their opening five games this period.
Norwich City’s tools were so sparse that manager Farke made the amounts up by naming two goalkeepers on the bench as 11 players had been eliminated from his squad by trauma.
He said that he couldn’t”park the bus” since he didn’t have sufficient defenders – rather the German reliable his typical extreme strategy and what an occasion it gave the Canaries fans inside a bouncing Carrow Road.
Norwich were disciplined in defence but confident and ambitious when they had the chunk, not reluctant.
They had 11 high-class actors but particular mention should go in the trunk along with the creative brilliance of Buendia, that pushed City into submission as he proved with the objective.
And all is Pukki, about the mark once more with a poacher’s goal when he handed across the face of goal for 33, but unselfish.
After the inevitable charge of City came, Norwich were almost out on their toes but hurled their bodies when called upon, while goalkeeper Tim Krul played heroics to block shots.
This was a complete performance which could send self-belief soaring through Norwich City – and indeed the fans that kept up noise through an event they’ll remember for a lengthy moment.
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