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Were it not for some poor finishing and inspired goalkeeping, Manuel Pellegrini could have begun his Etihad reign with a record win.
Goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri secured the points. But it was Edin Dzeko, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas who won the plaudits, with displays that suggested City will be the team to beat this season.
How Dzeko failed to get on the score-sheet only he knows. But his all-round play was fantastic, and spoke of a striker whose confidence has been rediscovered under his new coach.
A red card for Newcastle’s Steven Taylor with the score at 2-0 put pay to any potential fight-back. Although in truth the Magpies would have needed 12 men to overcome City in this form.
After the match, Pellegrini spoke of his pleasure at his team’s performance.
“I’m very happy,” he said, “not only because we won but the way we played – that was the most important thing.
“We played as an aggressive team without the ball and that’s important if we want to be an offensive team.”
The Chilean’s managerial history suggested City fans were in for a treat following his appointment. On this evidence, it is going to be one hell of a season.
The one disappointment for the Blues was an injury sustained by Vincent Kompany. The Belgian will have a scan today, with Pellegrini believing he could be out for up to a fortnight.
The City captain has since tweeted that he hopes to be back soon.
“Team was great. I feel great,” he wrote. “Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I’ll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!”
With Kompany joining Matija Nastasic on the treatment table, Arsenal are likely to get short shrift from City regarding their reported interest in Micah Richards.
The Mirror claims the Gunners will move for the England defender as they attempt to strengthen their defence. But any move may depend on Kompany’s prognosis and whether City are successful in any defender pursuit of their own.
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