Premier League Game of the Week: Newcastle 3-4 Manchester City

There have been some brilliant games over the past week but nothing was quite like the game at St James’ Park where Manchester City were seemingly going to walk away with all 3 points without much fuss. In the end the newly crowned champions did have to work very hard for their victory in a game that witnessed 7 goals as Pep Guardiola’s team won 4-3.

The day of course belonged to Manchester City as they were crowned Premier League champions a few days earlier as Manchester United put out a weakened side against Leicester and lost that game, that gave City the title. So this was a game of celebration and it really lived up to that.

The game though belonged to Ferran Torres the 21 year old is going to be something else that is for sure and he scored a fantastic hat trick to seal a game that could have been lost or perhaps drawn at one point.

The first of what would be seven goals was scored by Newcastle through Emil Krafth after a corner and he headed it into the goal. But City would soon be level though not through the usual suspects, no this was from a shot by Joao Cancelo of all players, although in truth his effort did take a deflection.

There would be much excitement as the first half rounded up and Ferran Torres scored his first goal of the game to put City 2-1 up via a cheeky back heel. However there had to be a VAR review just to make sure someone’s shirt, nose or hair wasn’t offside, but the goal was rightly given. Newcastle though were not finished and soon got a penalty which Joelinton converted in a rare moment of glory for the Brazilian striker. The first half ended 2-2 and you could just tell that there would be more goals in this game.

This really was a game full of excitement and incident and on the hour mark Newcastle were awarded another penalty. Joseph Willock who has been in great form for the Magpies missed his initial penalty but was on hand for the rebound and tucked it away and the home side were now 3-2 up!

City as the new champions are simply relentless as we know and just two minutes after Newcastle had taken the lead, Torres had made it 3-3 after a great assist from Gabriel Jesus. Torres wasn’t finished and completed his hat trick just 120 seconds later for 3-4 and that is how this crazy but wonderful game ended.

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Man City could have a very different look next season

Manchester City have made a statement of intent at the start of August with the signings of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres as the 2019/20 Premier League runners-up look to regain their title next season.

Pep Guardiola’s side finished 18 points behind runaway champions Liverpool, with the title race all but over weeks before the coronavirus disruption back in March.

The Citizens have already landed centre-back Nathan Ake in a £40 million deal from relegated Bournemouth, and exciting right winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

City have been linked to a number of other players too and are expected to do a lot more business before the start of the new season in September.

A new left-back is expected to arrive between now and then with Benjamin Mendy injured for the majority of the past two seasons and winger Oleksandr Zinchenko having to fill in on several occasions.

Nathan Ake may not be the only central defender that arrives at the Etihad this summer either. City are strongly being linked with Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly even after signing the former Chelsea youngster.

Ake himself is a signing City supporters will have wanted 12 months ago after they declined to find a replacement for the departing Vincent Kompany last summer. Both John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi failed to impress the manager this past season and both could be moved on as a result. Veteran midfielder Fernandinho has often been chosen to partner Aymeric Laporte over the past 12 months.

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