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Manchester City triumph over determined Newcastle United

Manchester City, the defending champions, asserted their dominance by triumphing over a determined Newcastle United side that had been considered contenders for the crown.

Julian Alvarez's exceptional first-half goal secured City's continued success in the Premier League this season. Despite Newcastle's tenacity, they lacked significant attacking prowess throughout the match.

In the absence of Kevin de Bruyne, sidelined due to a six-month recovery from hamstring surgery, Phil Foden showcased his creative prowess, setting up Alvarez's goal and generating opportunities post-break. Although Newcastle matched City's midfield strength and unsettled the home crowd with their physical play, their offensive capabilities fell short.

Surprisingly, given their five-goal performance against Aston Villa in the season opener, Newcastle struggled to produce shots on target.

Their first significant attempt came in the 70th minute through substitute Harvey Barnes, who tested Ederson from range. Despite late pressure, Newcastle failed to manufacture clear-cut chances beyond that point.

City boss Pep Guardiola revealed his thoughts to TNT Sports after the match: "No words. Where we came from, the success after the last game in Athens, that's the reason why we are a very good team. The talent, how they follow us, still they have the desire to do it.

"To come here against that team everyone saw against Aston Villa it as magnificent. The way we played it was more than deserved. Everyone was a top performer. Now a long week to rest a little bit and prepare for the future.

"Everyone is fantastic, what can I say? It means a lot to all of us."

On his conversation with a fan: "He said to me 'make a sub', I said come sit here and do it. The game was in a good tempo, a good rhythm. I didn't see the players too tired. It wasn't easy to make the changes so I didn't do it."

Premier League champions have now won all 17 competitive home fixtures in 2023, a new club record. They had managed 16 in a row from November 1920 to August 1921 and April to November 2022.

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