Magic Man City rout Huddersfield

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  • Aguero scores 13th Man City hat trick
  • Silva scores on 250th City appearance
  • Man City top of the league
  • Two defeats from two for Huddersfield

Manchester City beat Huddersfield Town 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with David Silva pulling the strings on his 250th appearance for the club.

Sergio Aguero scored twice and Gabriel Jesus grabbed another in a rampant spell in the first half, while Silva curled home a superb free kick in the second half and Aguero flicked home to complete his treble. Leroy Sane then came on and his shot deflected in off Terrence Kongolo to finish off the scoring for the reigning Premier League champions.

Huddersfield had pulled a goal back just before half time through Jon Stankovic but David Wagner‘s men were totally outclassed. It’s two defeats from two for Huddersfield (albeit against Chelsea and Man City) to start the season and City have a 100 percent record and are top of the Premier League.

With no Kevin De Bruyne for the next three months, it seems like City may be able to cope just fine without their magic attacking midfielder.

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Man City dominated the game from the start and went close on several occasions as Huddersfield almost sliced into their own net and David Silva was pulling the strings as per usual.

Then three goals arrived in a seven-minute spell to basically seal the win for City.

The opening goal of the game arrived from a familiar source as Aguero wriggled free after a wonderful ball over the top from City’s goalkeeper Ederson. Aguero then dinked the ball over Ben Hamer and into the net to make it 1-0.

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Before half time the chances kept coming for City with Aguero smashing just wide and then it was 2-0. Benjamin Mendy‘s surging run forward created havoc and Jesus drilled home a low effort to double City’s lead.

It was 3-0 to City before the break as Mendy’s routine cross from the left was spilled by Hamer and Aguero reacted fastest to tap home his second and City’s third. The rout was on.

Huddersfield pulled one back before half time as Stankovic tapped home from close range as he marked his return from a long-term injury with a goal. 3-1. Guardiola will not have been happy with the slack marking from John Stones in particular as Stankovic reacted first to a near-post flick from a long throw in.

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At half time Laurent Depoitre came on for Huddersfield as they switched up their formation to a 4-4-2. That didn’t help the Terriers as they were soon 4-1 down. Silva curled home a majestic free kick with his left foot to mark his 250th appearance for City in style.

Aguero then went inches away from grabbing a hat trick as he hit the inside of the post from outside of the box and then smashed wide.

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Late on City searched for a fifth and it arrived as Aguero flicked home Mendy’s cross to complete his hat trick and Sane’s effort deflected in to make it 6-1. Bernardo Silva had a chance to make it seven late on but City had to settle for six.

Two wins from two at a canter for Guardiola’s boys.

Allegri wants VAR, Bonucci doubts ref vision on Ronaldo red

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Sky Sports in Italy says its lip readers confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo’s sending off Wednesday was down to tugging the hair of Jeison Murillo while the Valencia man was on the turf.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci wasn’t too impressed, even after his club went on to win 2-0 in Spain.

[ UCL: Real rocks Roma, Man City falls ]

“As far as I could see, it was a pretty normal clash,” Bonucci said. “Murillo put his hands on Ronaldo first, he reacted, but these things can happen and we must be stronger than everyone and everything.

“Ronaldo was angry, of course. The referee saw what he saw – not very well – and we overcame the obstacles.”

Juventus boss Max Allegri wants to take it a step further.

Juve is no stranger to calling for VAR, and Allegri is upset that the Portuguese megastar will miss at least one more match due to the red card (and could miss his Manchester United reunion should his suspension go beyond one match). From Football-Italia.net:

“I can only say that VAR would’ve helped the referee in this decision,” Allegri said. “Going down to 10 men in the Champions League for an incident like that is disappointing. We risked losing tonight with this and we’ll miss him for the next games too.”

It all pales in comparison to the vitriol seething out of Ronaldo’s sister, who reportedly posted on Instagram that “there will be a high price” for his tears, adding that “God never sleeps.”

Arteta: Despite loss, Man City was “ready for the game”

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Mikel Arteta might have enjoyed the opportunity to sit in the hot seat for Manchester City when the Premier League champions opened their UEFA Champions League season at home to Lyon on Wednesday, but he sure didn’t like the result.

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With suspended Pep Guardiola watching from the stands, Man City went behind 2-0 to the French visitors. The champs could muster one second half marker in a loss at the Etihad Stadium.

Arteta said he couldn’t say whether the game would be different with Guardiola on the touch line, but doesn’t think the loss comes down to his absence. From ManCity.com:

“We missed the right pass and didn’t find consistency,” he said. “We felt under threat every time we lost the ball, that can bring the confidence lower. We were ready for the game, keen to start to Champions League because the way we ended it last season really hurt.

“The players are not perfect, sometimes they have bad days, sometimes better. I can’t fault the effort. I won’t judge them because we lost.”

He’s finding more positives than his players when it comes to the day’s mettle.

“We started slowly, and we were inconsistent in the way we wanted to play,” Arteta said. “We lost too many duels. We gave the ball away in difficult circumstances and they scored twice, but after that, the reaction from the lads was superb. We tweaked a few things to control situations better and we created chances, but at this level, it wasn’t enough.”

John Stones was at the back for both of Lyon’s goals, and admitted that halftime hit the players hard.

“Really disappointing,” he said. “To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating,. We came in at half-time a bit deflated. We picked ourselves up and played a better second half but it was frustrating.”

Report: Martino to leave Atlanta, national team job looms

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Tata Martino’s future has been debated for some time.

Would he elect to stay with Atlanta United beyond the season? Would national team duty call? And if so, would it be the USMNT? A return to Argentina?

[ UCL: Real rocks Roma, Man City falls ]

Now ESPN is reporting that Martino will leave Atlanta United at the end of this season, opening another high profile MLS job next to the LA Galaxy vacancy.

Presuming he wants to leave Atlanta, which option is most attractive?

  • Mexico and the USMNT are both on the precipice of golden generations, assuming they pick the right shepherd. El Tri is a bit further along in the process than the U.S., and it would be an easy selection.
  • Argentina is Martino’s home, and he’s held the job before. Would the idea of melding Lionel Messi’s final prime throes with Paulo Dybala to try and claim a first Copa America since 1993 be enough?
  • Colombia would also face the test of World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL, and is a pretty packed side. James Rodriguez (27), Yerry Mina (23), and Davinson Sanchez (22) will be around for the long haul, while Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao are still productive.

Mourinho, Man Utd revel in Pogba performance

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Paul Pogba blessed Manchester United with a powerful performance in the Red Devils’ 3-0 UEFA Champions League win at Young Boys on Wednesday, and it was impossible not to notice his class.

[ UCL: Real rocks Roma, Man City falls ]

Jose Mourinho did, as did several of his teammates on a night the French midfielder scored twice and assisted United’s other goal.

“Solid, class and gave the team the pace we needed at times,” said Manchester United’s manager. “He controlled the tempo and of course it was a very good goal.”

Pogba again captained the side, which has won three-straight and allowed just one goal in wins over Burnley and Watford in addition to Wednesday’s win.

Luke Shaw drew a penalty that Pogba converted for the match’s second game, and loved what he saw from his captain. From the BBC:

“He gets some stick sometimes but we know what quality he has. For me, he is one of the best in the world. He is important as captain. He shows on the pitch what kind of leader he is. Hopefully he can carry that on.”

Mourinho’s praise carries a bit more weight considering he didn’t quite enjoy the competition.

“Job done,” he said. “Not phenomenal but good enough. (Young Boys) were intense, compact and had self esteem.”