Dramatic 4-3 win for Premier League champions on night crammed with drama
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, despite unenforced personnel changes with the Premier League title secured, saw his side come from behind twice, to defeat Newcastle.
A hat-trick from Ferran Torres, including the winning goal, was enough to see off a spirited performance from Steve Bruce’s side.
Scott Carson made a surprise debut for City, the veteran goalkeeper has been back up to Ederson and Zack Steffen since his loan move from Derby County. Despite conceding on three occasions, that were somewhat out of his control, he pulled off a penalty save; however Joe Willock scored from the rebound.
Despite the number of changes made, Guardiola was happy with the performance of his side.
Speaking to the BBC, he said “We play against 10 players in the box, they defend so deep.
“They are so, so fast on the counter. A tough opponent. Even with that we attacked good in the pockets but we conceded three goals in set pieces and we have to improve that.”
He was full of praise for Carson though.
“We are incredibly happy for him. He is an important player for us. He is a real leader and today was an exceptional day to let him play.”
With regards to Torres, the Spaniard cited the success of his maiden Premier League season, going on to say: “He is so young and clinical. He is a guy brought as a winger but maybe we have to think as a striker. He is a good player.”
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