Manchester City beat Liverpool and Arsenal beat Leeds
With the offensive influence of the Argentine Julian Alvarezthe creativity of kevin debruynethe insistence of Jack Grealish and the choral game of the rest of the players of the Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s team thrashed 4-1 at Liverpool and he sent a message that he is not going to make things easy for the Arsenal. But Mikel Arteta’s team was not intimidated and a while later overwhelmed Leeds United, also 4-1. Arsenal leads City by eight points, albeit with one more game.
In Manchester, the stands dared to chant “champions, champions” in the last minutes despite still being five points behind Arsenal, who will soon visit the Etihad Stadium. Those of Manchester did not have Haaland, injured. Julián Álvarez had to cover the absence and the Argentine complied. He scored a goal, the tie (1-1) and assisted Kevin De Bruyne in the second (2-1).
And Manchester City arrived with champagne football made in Guardiola 🍾
Play created from below, with De Bruyne’s magic touch included, which Julián Álvarez converts into the draw and makes… Even Haaland goes crazy in the stands! 💥#PremierLeagueDAZN ⚽🏴 pic.twitter.com/HcbTiEAgRS
— DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) April 1, 2023
But before the appearances of the ‘Spider’, the City would suffer a shock despite almost completely dominating the game. With Rodri Hernández in front of the defense and with Ilkay Gündogan and Kevin de Bruyne, he formed a perfect triangle that constantly supplied Riyad Mahrez, Julián Álvarez and Jack Grealish, especially combative even in defensive tasks, in which he showed an immense capacity for withdrawal .
Salah opens the scoring
Salah, with a perfect counterattack, opened the scoring as the game approached the twentieth minute. The Egyptian’s blow did not affect City at all, which continued at its pace, like a steamroller to soon find a prize that Julián Álvarez won after a beautiful collective play that De Bruyne started, Mahrez continued, Gündogan prolonged and Grealish finished with a assistance for the Argentine striker.
With the tie in their pocket, Guardiola’s team prepared to deal the final blows after the break. The ‘citizens’ charged out of the locker room and in just a minute they found their way to victory. And, once again, with a leading role for Julián Álvarez, who left the second for De Bruyne on a platter.
But the influence of the world champion did not end there, because just a while later, he caused the third. Inside the area he made a hole, managed a shot that was providentially touched by Trent Alexander-Arnold and the rebound ended up in the boots of Gündogan, who only had to aim easily to definitively resolve the match.
No, it’s not the first repeated goal… It’s just that Champagne football isn’t running out for City! 🍾
If you give them space to run, they are lethal and if they have the title between their eyebrows, EVEN MORE 🔥
Now the one who plays is Julián and the one who defines is De Bruyne ✨ #PremierLeagueDAZN ⚽🏴 pic.twitter.com/4dcfoaa0yl
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The 3-1 was already too heavy a slab for Liverpool. Although he tried to get closer on the scoreboard, he was unable. City was launched and easily endured the simultaneous entry of four fresh players from the ‘red’ box (Konstantinos Tsimikas, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Darwin Núñez).
With the new ammunition for the last stretch, Liverpool continued in nowhere and even received the fourth, the work of Grealish, who took a well-deserved award after teaming up with De Bruyne.
4.- Manchester City: Ederson; Stones, Akanji, Ruben Dias, Ake; Rodri (Bernardo Silva, min. 83); Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Julián Álvarez, Grealish (Palmer, min. 89).
1.- Liverpool: Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson (Tsimikas (min. 70); Havery Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah (Darwin Núñez, min. 70), Gakpo (Milner, min. 83), Diogo Jota (Firmino, min. 70).
goals: 0-1, min. 17: salah; 1-1 min. 27: Julian Alvarez; 2-1 min. 46: DeBruyne; 3-1 min. 54: Gundogan; 4-1 min. 74: Grealish.
Arsenal, for their part, reunited with the scoring talent of Brazilian Gabriel Jesús, who had not scored for almost six months, to carry out the visit to the Emirates by Leeds United (4-1) and maintain the advantage in the leadership of the Premier despite the pressure from City.
The ‘Gunners’ side do not feel the threat from Pep Guardiola’s team, which has already won seven consecutive victories in the English competition and which, although with one more game, establishes its lead of eight points over the defending champion.
Mikel Arteta emerged victorious from the Spanish bench duel against Javi Gracia, who is trying to get Leeds to stay on. After two games without losing that gave some relief, the ‘peacocks’ lost again and are once again close to the bottom of the table. They only have one point of margin with respect to Leicester, which, third from last, marks the descent.
Apparition of Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesús appeared when Arsenal needed him the most. The Brazilian has not scored in the Premier since last October 1, against Tottenham. Six months later the forward returned to the appointment with the goal. He did it twice to ensure the victory of Arteta’s team, who did not manage to unblock the game until half an hour into the game.
In fact, until then and despite the attempts of Gabriel Jesús, who presented his credentials from the beginning, the London goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was the one who surprisingly supported the locals. Especially given the attempts by Crysencio Summerville and Jack Harrison shortly before Luke Ayling foolishly tripped Gabriel Jesús inside the box.
Source of data and images: elperiodico