eThree words were enough for Reling Haaland this time. “Big. Three. POINTS,” Manchester City’s top scorer wrote on Twitter on Friday night. Three big points – victory was meant for Thursday night in the Premier League at Chelsea. without the 22-year-old Norwegian being hit by it. Riyad Mahrez scored the winning goal, 1-0, less than four minutes before. As did host Jack Grealish.
Manager Pep Guardiola made the right choice after a disappointing first half for the England champions as the hosts at Stamford Bridge in London struggled with injuries.
“I’m a genius,” he joked afterwards, because after the match against Everton (1-1) on New Year’s Eve, he was asked why he didn’t make a substitution before the 81st minute. “I thought about it today and did some (sign-ups).”
This is the kind of earned, earned victory that changes the mentality and mood of a title fight, The Independent said. And with the win away from home, Manchester City moved within five points of leaders Arsenal, who played 0-0 against Newcastle United on Tuesday.
“It could be seven, ten or eight points, and now the difference is five points,” Guardiola said. Guardiola praised, “We have to look at ourselves.” But he must also admit that Arsenal play the way they deserve.
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