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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Carrow Road
Norwich City produced a glorious display to inflict the first Premier League defeat of Manchester City since January.
The Canaries missed 11 players but made light of these harms and took advantage of a performance from the reigning winners who has been careless in the intense and characterised.
Kenny McLean rose unmarked to match Emiliano Buendia’s corner after 18 minutes and 10 minutes later increased their advantage when a flowing move started by Marco Stiepermann with Teemu Pukki setting up Todd Cantwell for a simple finish ended.
Sergio Aguero’s header just before the break looked to have launched the platform for a Manchester City comeback however a misunderstanding involving Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, which was typical of the screens, watched the Argentina centre-back assaulted by Buendia for Pukki to score.
Rodri scored his first goal for Manchester City with just two minutes left to make it a nerve-jangling ending before referee Kevin Friend whistle was the spotlight for crazy parties and inflict.
It was unavoidable City would overlook the course, composure and quality of Aymeric Laporte – who’s set to be out for six weeks with a knee injury that is serious – but this screen indicates the gap that he leaves is even more menacing for Manchester City.
Guardiola has lost sway and quality with Laporte’s injury as well as the passing and the nightmare came true at Carrow Road as Otamendi and Stones needed a harrowing time of Vincent Kompany.
The supervisor of city will know he must now require the set.
Guardiola criticism should not be escaped by himself once he left Kevin de Bruyne out then delayed his arrival until afterwards Norwich had re-established their lead. Choices mystified along with there was also a heavy price paid.
The way of the aims of Norwich will concern Guardiola, ranging from poor marking at set bits – that is now a recurring subject – to catastrophic attempts to play from the trunk.
Otamendi and also stones were teeming with nerves during, their lack of understanding reflected by the fact they had played together as a matching six times in the previous 20 months.
It would be ludicrous to start writing off the name hopes of a team so rich in quality but five-point gap into Liverpool looks large once you consider Jurgen Klopp’s team only lost once in the league last season, to City, also have won their opening five games this period.
Norwich City’s sources were so thin that the numbers were made up by manager Farke from naming two goalkeepers around the seat as accident eliminated from his squad 11 players.
He said that he couldn’t”park the bus” because he did have enough defenders – rather the German trustworthy his normal intense strategy and what an occasion it gave the Canaries fans within a bouncing Carrow Road.
When they had the chunk, not afraid norwich were fiercely disciplined in defence but also ambitious and confident.
They had 11 performers but special mention must go to Ibrahim Amadou at the trunk along with the brilliance as he demonstrated with the next goal of Buendia, that pushed City.
And is Pukki, about the mark once again using a poacher’s goal when he handed across the face of goal but unselfish.
After the inevitable charge of City came, Norwich were almost out on their feet however hurled their bodies when called upon, while goalkeeper Tim Krul performed heroics to block shots.
This was a complete performance which could send through Norwich City – and the fans that kept up constant noise .
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