Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City: Canaries end champions’ unbeaten run

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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Carrow Road
Norwich City made a magnificent all-round display to inflict Manchester City Premier League defeat at an ecstatic Carrow Road since January.
The Canaries took advantage of a performance from the champions that has been careless in the intense and characterised by chaotic and were overlooking 11 gamers but made light of those injuries.
Kenny McLean rose unmarked to match Emiliano Buendia’s corner after 18 minutes and 10 minutes later doubled their advantage when a flowing move started by Marco Stiepermann with Teemu Pukki setting up Todd Cantwell for a conclusion ended.
Sergio Aguero’s header before the separation seemed to have launched the platform for a Manchester City comeback but a misunderstanding between Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, that had been typical of their displays, saw the Argentina centre-back attacked 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 finish before referee Kevin Friend whistle was the spotlight for parties and inflict a defeat that renders Pep Guardiola’s side five points adrift of Liverpool.
It had been unavoidable City would miss caliber, composure and the class of Aymeric Laporte – who’s set to be out for six months with a severe knee injury – but that screen suggests is even more ominous for Manchester City.
Guardiola has lost sway and quality with the injury of Laporte in addition to the passing and the nightmare came true at Carrow Road since Otamendi and Stones had a time of Vincent Kompany.
The manager of city will know he must require the set until January.
Guardiola criticism should not be escaped by himself after he left out Kevin de Bruyne then delayed his arrival until after Norwich had re-established their two-goal lead. Decisions mystified along with there was also a hefty price paid.
The manner of Norwich’s goals will also concern Guardiola, which range from poor marking at set pieces – that is now a recurring issue – to catastrophic attempts to play out from the back.
Stones and also Otamendi were riddled with nerves throughout, their lack of comprehension represented from the fact they had played together as a matching six occasions in the last twenty months.
It would be absurd to begin writing off the name hopes of a team so rich in quality but five-point gap to Liverpool looks large when you consider Jurgen Klopp’s staff only lost once in the league last season, to City, and have won their opening five games this term.
The tools of norwich City were so thin that boss Farke composed the numbers from naming two goalkeepers around the bench as accident removed from his squad 11 players.
He said that he couldn’t”park the bus” because he didn’t have enough defenders – rather the German trusted his customary extreme approach and what an event it gave the Canaries supporters inside a bouncing Carrow Road.
After they had the ball, not afraid to play out from the 25, norwich were disciplined in defence but in addition confident and ambitious.
They had 11 high tech performers but particular mention must go in the trunk and the creative genius of Buendia, who pushed City to submission as he demonstrated with the aim.
And in the head of it is Pukki, about the mark once again using a poacher’s target when he passed for Cantwell across the face of goal, but also unselfish.
Norwich were out in their toes however hurled their bodies when called upon, while goalkeeper Tim Krul played heroics to block shots, After the inevitable charge of City came.
This was a performance which could send through Norwich City – and the supporters who kept up constant noise through an event they’ll remember for a lengthy time.
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