Peep Guardiola labeled Phil Foden as “unbelievable” when Manchester City avoided a scare to start their Premier League title challenge 3–1 win against Wolves on Monday.. A delayed start to City’s campaign – due to their inclusion in last season’s Champions League – allowed Liverpool to take a six-point lead over them before they had kicked a ball. Guardiola’s side could not afford to slip on Molinux if they wanted to keep pace with the champions and they were in a two-goal lead just before half-time due to a penalty from Kevin de Bruyne and Foden’s cool finish.
The city’s first jump gave rise to a worrying way as the Wolves dominated after the interval and had to climb aboard Eber Raul Jimenez as Gabriel Jesus sealed the points in stoppage time.
Foden’s goal was to raise welcome morale in his first match as the midfielder was sent home with disgrace, Mason Greenwood of Manchester United, The pair invited local women to the England team hotel.
Violations of the coronovirus protocol were publicly condemned by Citi after England’s Nations League match in Iceland, but 20-year-old Guardiola remains confident.
“Foden played incredibly well for the goal and in the second half, he helped us keep the ball,” Guardiola said.
While City have equaled Aston Villa’s record of winning 10 consecutive openings in a top-10 season, there is no doubt Liverpool remain the Premier League’s dominant force for now.
But Guardiola was happy with the win given less than the usual pre-season.
“We couldn’t run much because we are tired in our feet but in general we have done well,” he said.
“The period we are in, the situation that we have had for the last two weeks, I hoped that there are some moments where we are suffering but in general we have handled it well.
It was a good performance. We know how difficult this stadium is.
“Sometimes we need more time to get to our best position but coming here and winning was a good start.”
This seems to be an important season for Citi and Guardiola as they seek to regain the titles they won in 2018 and 2019.
Guardiola says he needs to become “worth” for his City contract, not just handing one over as he enters the final year of his current deal.
After trailing 18 points from Liverpool and losing in the quarter-finals against Lyon, City needed to give the champions a tough fight this term and the early signs were encouraging.
It was De Bruyne, who showed no signs of resting after being elected PFA Player of the Year last season, who took the responsibility of advancing City, and opened the Wolves defense in the 20th minute.
The Belgian midfielder’s burst into the Wolves’ field led to the loss of a grain of Romain Sice and a penalty by referee Andre Mariner which was easily replaced by De Bruyne.
City were beaten twice by the Waves last season, but it was Guardiola’s team on their best score and they again gave up the blow in the 32nd minute.
Gabriel Jesus placed De Bruyne and his fully loaded pass to Sterling, whose precise erosion drove Foden home from 12 yards.
De Bruyne had a chance to make it three from Jesus, but for once he could not apply the finishing touch as Rui Patrick saved well.
Fully out in the first half, the Wolves had improved a lot since the break and were a worrying side for Guardiola as they surveyed their creaking defense.
Daniel Podens just turned into a fire and threatened again with a chip on City keeper Ederson that simply cleaned the crossbar.
The tense finale came when Janis met Poddens’ cross with a powerful header in the 78th minute, but Jesus lobbed a deep net in stoppage-time, deflecting his shot at Conor-Coed Coady.
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