Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola has eight points from a Premier League title


Phil Foden
Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) has been directly involved in more goals in all Manchester City competitions this season than Phil Foden (23 – 14 goals, nine assists)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said the failed European Super League (ESL) was a “closed chapter” after his team beat Aston Villa to get closer to becoming Premier League champions.

City were one of 12 clubs to apply for a split ESL on Sunday, but withdrew on Tuesday after widespread criticism of the proposal, which would have no advancement or relegation and division of English football.

“As a club we accept and learn and focus on the reason why we are here,” said Guardiola, whose team needs eight points from five matches to become the English champions for the third time in four seasons.

“It’s a chapter that’s over, a closed chapter. They [the owners] you don’t need to apologize [to me], I know them, I know how they are. “

City’s win leaves them 11 points behind Manchester United, and Guardiola said his team is “so close” to the title.

However, they were scared when midfielder John Stones was ruled out just before the break due to Jacob Ramsey’s knee-deep challenge.

But Villa wasted a man’s advantage when Matty Cash was fired 11 minutes into the second half after two cards three minutes apart.

The hosts took the lead earlier after just 20 seconds as John McGinn took the lead next to Ederson after a low pass from Ollie Watkins.

Impressive Phil Foden finished a fine move by the city team to equalize before Rodri headed to the top of what proved to be the winner after Bernard Silva’s cross.

City led 2-1 when they came down to 10 men, but Villa couldn’t take advantage of the extra player and then posed a small threat when he was 10-a-side.

Bad day for the Stones, but his red doesn’t cost City

The Stones have been in good form this season, making more appearances in the Premier League than they managed in 2019-20.

However, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in the stands, it was an evening to forget for the 26-year-old.

They caught him in the first few seconds of the match when he failed to collect a long ball from English teammate Tyrone Mings, allowing Watkins to set McGinn for the team’s fastest goal in the Premier League this season.

The Stones were then shown a flat red card for an unseen challenge on Ramsey near half the line and in front of two dugouts.

After checking the video of assistant referee Jarred Gillett, field referee Peter Banks followed the incident on a monitor near the field and showed a red card to the Stones, although Guardiola was dissatisfied with the decision and expressed objections to officials.

The Stones will be suspended for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley as City, who are also in the Champions League semi-finals, aim to win the first of three potential trophies this season.

With a male advantage, Villa’s Douglas Luiz swerved 25 yards straight to Ederson, but the match came back in City’s favor after two Cash challenges at Foden, the second of which was a sliding challenge that wiped out the England midfielder near the touch line. .

Since then City have been able to dominate possession and now need just three more league wins to become England champions for the seventh time in their history.

Foden shines as football returns to normal

The continuation of the match at Villa Park was dominated by talks about the European Super League.

City was one of six English teams – along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – that were joined by three sides from Spain and three from Italy in the proposed new closed competition.

However, Sunday’s announcement brought widespread criticism and anger from fans, managers, other clubs and politicians, and Guardiola himself said football is “not a sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn’t matter when you lose”.

City were among the first to announce their withdrawal from the ESL on Tuesday night and there was no repeat of protests that saw angry fans demonstrating before Liverpool’s game in Leeds on Monday, Chelsea’s home game against Brighton on Tuesday and Tottenham’s match with Southampton earlier on Wednesday.

It was a game that once again highlighted the exciting and thrilling nature of the Premier League, and City’s game after scoring a goal was a pleasure to watch.

Their equalizer began with goalkeeper Ederson dunking a fine 50-meter ball to the left wing where Olexandr Zinchenko played it to the great Foden. The 20-year-old drilled a low pass for Riyad Mahrez, and the Algerian let the folded Silva to the right flank, and his retreat was directed by Foden into the net.

The second goal was another well done, as Rodri scored strongly from Silva’s second assist.

City not only scored the most goals in the Premier League, but also has the best defensive record and successfully managed to stifle Villa in the second half to make a big step towards a second title.

After the match, Mayor Pep Guardiola said of Foden: “This guy is growing. His influence in our games is huge. He is becoming a serious player.

“Phil is becoming such an important player right now. His influence in the last third is so important.”

‘They educated us’ – what they said

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking for the BBC Match of the Day: “We got off to a great start. It was something we talked about. We have one of the best players in the league who can run behind the opposition defense in the form of Ollie Watkins.

“We defended relatively well. Probably the way the conversations they received us was most disappointing. Cashy will learn from that. Others [booking] was stupid and reckless.

“Some of Manchester City’s performances were outstanding. Sometimes they educated us.

“I’ve been playing professional football for 34 years and I haven’t seen football come together like this week. It shows you how outraged people were at [ESL] plans. “

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola talking to the BBC Match of the Day: “It’s not the start I dreamed of, but we reacted really well, we played so well with the ball and without it. Ten against 11, we reacted well, we played so well.”

On John Stones’ red card: “He’s late, but the intention to kick him isn’t there, he wouldn’t go there on purpose, he’s not aggressive with his feet, he’s just late. It’s hard, he plays a lot of minutes, good learning for him. Even with 10 people we played well, when we had we played the ball well. “

About disrupting the Super League: “After that game it didn’t look like it distracted us, we were focused, of course everyone was worried, but the players were focused on this game. We’re so close. The Cup final and the Champions League and then Crystal Palace.”

Another away win for Manchester City – statistics

  • Manchester City have won all their last 10 away games in the Premier League, becoming the first team to win 10 away games in a row (11 times in a row between May and December 2017).
  • Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has lost all five games against Man City during his managerial career – the most games he has managed against one opponent who has lost 100% of those matches.
  • Villa have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League games against the league leaders, and those defeats have resulted in an overall score of 24-6.
  • City won the Premier League game by conceding their first goal for the first time since December 2019 against Leicester (3-1), finishing a 10-game winless streak when they conceded first (drew three, lost seven).
  • City player Bernardo Silva provided more assists in the Premier League in 2021 than any other player so far in this period (six – twice as many as the Portuguese assisted during 2020 in the first round (three).
  • City player John Stones has been ruled out for the first time in his Premier League career, in his 182nd appearance in the competition. It was his sixth offense in the league in 20 games this season.
  • No player scored more goals in all competitions before turning 21 for Manchester City’s Phil Foden for Pep Guardiola (29 – level with Bojana).
  • Villa John McGinn’s goal after 20 seconds was the second fastest goal Manchester City has conceded in Premier League history, after Alan Shearer for Newcastle United after 10 seconds in January 2003.

What’s next?

City play against Tottenham at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday (16:30 am), before Villa will play against West Brom in a Premier League match later that day (19:00).

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Aston Villa

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  2. Detachment number26Player nameMartinez

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  4. Detachment number18Player nameTargett

  5. Detachment number4Player nameSo

  6. Detachment number5Player nameMings

  7. Detachment number41Player nameRamsey

  8. Detachment number6Player nameDouglas Louise

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  10. Detachment number15Player nameTraore

  11. Detachment number39Player nameDavis

  12. Detachment number2Player nameCash

  13. Detachment number20Player nameBarkley

  14. Detachment number21Player nameGazi


Aston Villa

Forming 4-1-4-1

  • 26Martinez
  • 2CashBooked at 57min
  • 4So
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 19NakambaReplaced byBarkleyu 63 ‘minutes
  • 15TraoreReplaced byGaziu 75 ‘minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Louise
  • 41RamseyReplaced byDavisu 45 ‘minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Gazi
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30House
  • 39Davis
  • 60Chukwuemeka

Man City

Forming 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5StonesBooked in 44 minutes
  • 3Ruben Dias
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganBooked in 44 minutes
  • 26MahrezReplaced byFernandinhou 90 ‘minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusReplaced byLaporteu 45 ‘minutes
  • 47Foden


  • 6What
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cancel
  • 50Garcia

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