The Magpies lost to the Citizens in the Premier League last night, and they were woefully ineffective in the final third, with Rafa Benitez's side displaying little attacking intent, if not none whatsoever, and Jamie Carragher explained why that kind of performance at home is inexcusable, as quoted by talkSPORT.
Newcastle had just 22 per cent possession against Pep Guardiola's side, and registered only two shots on target, whilst the visitors racked up an impressive 21 attempts on the host's goal.
The Toon currently sit precariously in 15th position in the Premier League table, just one point clear of the drop zone, and aside from their victory at West Ham United last weekend, they are in the midst of a woeful run of form.
It could be argued that the way they set up against the league leaders gave them a better chance of taking something from the game, but Carragher highlighted how their performance could have a detrimental affect on the Premier League's popularity around the world, as quoted by talkSPORT:
"The Premier League now is becoming a bit of a joke league, with the top teams being so far ahead of the ones at the bottom. For those clubs, its almost like they are accepting they are going to lose the game, as long as it is only one or two-nil. The Premier League has been built on every team having a go, that's why everyone around the world wants to watch it. Will they keep watching if they keep seeing football like that? It's not just Newcastle, I've seen it virtually every week. There has got to be some sort of aggression. It's seeing it at home. When every team came to Anfield they played like that, but at home, it's a sad state of affairs for the Premier League."
Next up for Newcastle is a home game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, and Benitez will surely implement a more attacking, expansive brand of football, with the onus on them to take the game to the Seagulls.
Carragher makes a great point though.
If the teams in the lower half of the table continue to implement a defensive approach to their games against the sides inside the top four, the worldwide popularity of the Premier League could very well begin to plummet.
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