Man City thrash Newcastle as three-way title chase beckons
The three main contenders for the Premier League have got their campaigns under way in style
NEW Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a dream debut as his side romped to a 4-0 win over a below-par Newcastle United to outperform both Chelsea and Manchester United in the opening round of Premier League fixtures.
There were goals for David Silva (above), Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, while the visitors had Steven Taylor sent off in the first half.
Newcastle were missing midfield dynamo Yohan Cabaye, who was left out of the squad at the last minute after Arsenal made an offer of £10m for his services. But City were always on top with an impressive display that bodes well for the rest of the season.
"This exhilarating performance from Manchester City, coming after opening-weekend victories for Manchester United and Chelsea, confirmed the start of a three-way, high-class chase for the Premier League," writes Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph.
In The Times, Oliver Kay says the match was even more one-sided than the scoreline suggests. City appeared reinvigorated after the disappointment of last season.
"City have spent more than £90 million this summer, but, as much as Fernandinho and Jesus Navas caught the eye last night, there was a very obvious improvement in mood," he writes.
The performance showed why Jose Mourinho has been taking potshots at City over the summer, says Matt Dickinson in the same paper. "Which title contender did not watch Manuel Pellegrini's side romp to victory last night and shudder?" he asks.
"Mourinho has said that City and United were low-grade champions in the past two years but, only 90 minutes into the new season, it already feels as though the standard is improving."
After maintaining an uncharacteristically low profile over the summer, City announced themselves in style, says the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman. They played "some of the quickest, most fluent and most inventive football of the opening weekend".
He goes on: "If City really are serious about wrestling the title back from neighbours Manchester United, this was not a bad way to start."
The only downside for City was an injury to captain Vincent Kompany that leaves Pellegrini short of defensive cover. ·