City begins the league campaign with a revenge victory over Wolverhampton


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          <p>Despite losing my confrontation with Wolverhampton last season at home and abroad, Manchester City refused to give up the tradition that it established in its opening matches, and declared itself strongly by returning from the Mullino Stadium by winning 3-1 at the end of the second phase of the English Premier League. Which saw a good start for Aston Villa at the expense of Sheffield United with a clean goal.

The Spanish coach, Josep Guardiola, missed the first stage of the season in order to give him the opportunity to catch his breath after his prolonged season as a result of City reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, where he was eliminated by Lyon (1 – 3), and it seems that he benefited from these additional days in order to prepare The best way to start his campaign towards regaining the title from Liverpool.

City consecrated its tradition at the beginning of the season, as it did not lose any of its opening matches for the twelfth season in a row, achieving its tenth successive victory at the start of the league, an achievement that no other team had previously achieved.

City began its effort to regain the title that was crowned in 2018 and 2019 before Liverpool snatched it from him and won his first league title since 1990, with the announcement of his German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan being infected with the new Corona virus, joining the French Emeric LaPorte and the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, who recovered and was present. On the bench.

Argentine striker Sergio Agüero will continue to be absent for two more months after undergoing knee surgery in June, while City has lost the efforts of one of its most prominent players in recent years, Spain’s David Silva, who has moved to Real Sociedad.

The first game of the season saw the participation of newcomer Dutch defender Nathan Aki, coming from local opponent Bournemouth, on a five-year contract for 40 million pounds.

City’s start was perfect, as he opened the scoring from the 20th minute with a penalty kick by Belgian Kevin De Bruyne after he snatched it himself from Moroccan Roman Saiss.

Wolverhampton, who lost the efforts of his new Brazilian defender Fernando Marshall since the fifth minute due to injury, did not outpace the penalty kick until he hit his net with a second goal following a distinguished team game and a series of passes, the last of which was a cross from Rahim Sterling, who penetrated the left side of the penalty area to Phil Foden, and he deposited it. The last was scored by the Portuguese, Rui Patricio.

Despite some attempts by the two teams, the result remained the same until the 78th minute, when Portuguese coach Nuno Santo’s team ignited the match by narrowing the difference with a header from Mexican Raul Jimenez after a cross from Portuguese Daniel Bodensee.

The seventh of last season tried in the remaining minutes of the match to come out with a draw, blockading City in his region, but the latter held on to his lead and then dealt the knockout blow to his host by scoring the third goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time through Brazilian Gabriel Jesus after individual effort and help from the defender who The ball turned away from him and deceived his goalkeeper Patricio.

Thus, City inflicted a second defeat on its host within five days, after it was also suffered at home by Stoke City (0 – 1) in the second round of the League Cup, whose title is City in particular.

Guardiola commented after the meeting: “Given the period that we are going through and the situation in which we find ourselves during the last two weeks, I expected to suffer for some time, but in general we dominated the match.”

He continued: «Everyone was ready and we have appeared wonderful. It was important (to start with this way), but of course, this is just one game. ”

City begins its League Cup campaign tomorrow with a meeting with Bournemouth in the third round, before playing its first league match at home on Sunday, in a very difficult test against Leicester City.

Guardiola indicated that he will push the young players against Bournemouth because he does not have enough squad size to compete in two championships at this level at the present time. “Against Bournemouth, we will rely on most of the players from the academy and we will try to preserve our energy for the Premier League. With the lack of preparation, and the absence of seven players, we must maintain the readiness of the main players who participated in the best possible way. “We have won the cup three times in a row and we want to continue that, but we do not have the players during this period, to play a match every three days,” he added.

On the other hand, Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo criticized his players’ failure to take advantage of the available opportunities, but praised the opponent, saying: “We should always praise our opponent because he has talent and potential, but we must also play better.”

Nuno called on his club’s management to reinforce the team’s offensive line before closing the transfer window after Diego Gotha’s move to Liverpool.

In the second game, Aston Villa also started their season in a positive way by achieving their first home victory against Sheffield United since 2007, beating them 1 – zero.

And after he was close to the corner last July of bidding farewell to the Premier League, to which he returned for the first time since the 2015-2016 season, Villa came out of his first test of the new season with three points, after benefiting from the numerical shortage in Sheffield, who had to complete the match With 10 players since the 12th minute, after Irish defender John Egan was sent off with a red card.

Despite the numerical shortfall, Sheffield had a perfect opportunity to open the scoring in the first half, when she received a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Martinez brilliantly saved John Lindstram’s shot.

The homeowner, who missed the first stage since the match was in front of Manchester City, waited until the 61st minute to take advantage of the numerical advantage and score the three-point goal with a header for Isri Konsa after a header pass also from Tyrone Mings after a corner kick.

It is Villa’s first victory at home against Sheffield since May 2007, when he emerged victorious with 3 goals, inflicting his guest a third successive defeat after the two in the opening stage against Wolverhampton (0-2) and then in the second round of the Professional Clubs League Cup with a penalty shootout. Burnley.

Sheffield coach Chris Wilder has expressed his anger at the video assistant referee over the decision to dismiss defender John Egan with a direct red card in a game he deems not worth a warning.

Referee Graham Scott was somewhat out of touch with the fact, but he considered, although his assistant did not indicate a mistake, that Egan had prevented a sure chance to score and was fired early.

Wilder, who was late for the press conference due to trying to speak to the verdict about the incident, said that the arena referee should have reviewed the shot himself on a side screen.

He added, “It is difficult to be 100 percent certain of Graham’s position behind the players that there was no mutual attraction between them. My main dispute is that the assistant referee was ten steps away, and he had a clearer vision, and he made his decision not to indicate a mistake.”

He continued: “I have been feeling very confused as a player and as a football coach for 35 years. “I am more confused than ever because of the decisions that come out of the video rule.”

Wilder was also upset because he thought Aston Villa defender Matt Targett was worthy of dismissal when he made a foul against Chris Basham and prevented him from scoring in the first half in a shot that resulted in a penalty that was missed.

“The Aston Villa player was denied a certain chance to score, so I think he should have been sent off with a red card … Even if we missed the penalty kick, we would have played with 10 players against 10 players,” Wilder said.


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