City are back in the win column and we have all the reactions from yesterday’s stroll in the park.
Clayton gives us his main takeaways from City’s dismantling of overmatched Norwich.
WHAT IT MEANS...
City have three points on the board but we’ll need to wait until after all the games have played to get a picture of the embryonic Premier League table.
Three of City’s goals came from Gabriel Jesus crosses and the Brazilian was bright and industrious throughout - a team player in every sense of the word.
City host Arsenal next Sunday at the Etihad, kick-off 4.30pm (BST).
Our Saul Garcia liked the improved effort from an energized City side.
The second half was even more solid and City had real creative players out there. Jack Grealish’s PL debut at home was a success as he scored and was among the best performers.
The story of the night was City’s great mentality and resolve to take care of this Norwich team in what many deemed a trap match.
Notable performers included Grealish, Gabriel Jesus as a winger and Kyle Walker. All had incredible matches.
A great showing and amazing show out by fans made it a fantastic match at home.
Quick Match Recap: Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City https://t.co/JNpiYkKY17— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 21, 2021
Man City 5-0 Norwich: Jack Grealish scores first City goal as champions demolish Canaries - Ron Walker - Sky Sports
Grealish is in the scorebook for City and is shutting out the doubters.
City were unrelenting from the first whistle to the last and took the lead after six minutes, as Grant Hanley’s attempted clearance from Gabriel Jesus’ cross hit Tim Krul and went into his own net, the first of three assists from the Brazilian from an inside right position manager Pep Guardiola claimed was his favoured role after full-time.
Jesus’ second would tee up £100m man Grealish for his first City goal midway through the first half, before the ex-Aston Villa captain celebrated with his fingers in his ears as an apparent message to his detractors.
Man City player ratings as Jesus, Grealish and Walker shine - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
Three players who stood out to Brennan of the Evening mews? Walker, Jesus, and Grealish.
Kyle Walker: Great pass inside the full back to create the second goal, but he’s still feeling his way back - 8
Jack Grealish: Knew very little about his first City goal, but was a constant threat down the left and deserved to be on the sheet - 8
Gabriel Jesus: Created three of the four goals with sharp crosses from the right, and saw a fourth ‘assist’ ruled out by VAR - 9
Grealish opens Man City account in rout of Norwich, and with new No. 10 up and running, so are the Premier League champions - Rob Dawson - ESPN
Grealish and Jesus were top performers on the day. If they continue this form, MCFC will be very difficult to beat.
Grealish is up and running after his £100 million move from Aston Villa, and so are City, bouncing back after beginning their campaign with defeat at Tottenham Hotspur. At his news conference on Friday, Guardiola sounded like a man who knows better than to panic after one poor result, and the way his team dismantled Norwich was a timely reminder to anyone who needed it that they are champions for a reason.
City put on a firework display before kickoff to mark the return of fans to the Etihad Stadium for the first time in 18 months, and while it wasn’t one of those explosive performances, it was an hour and a half of quiet menace. Norwich will not be the only team to lose heavily here this season.
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