FERRAN TORRES might but give Manchester Metropolis’s stuttering season a Silva lining.
The £20.8million summer signing from Valencia took on the well-known quantity 21 shirt vacated by Etihad legend David Silva.
Ilkay Gundogan slammed Manchester Metropolis in entrance on Saturday night timeCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Ferran Torres continued his stellar debut season with the secondCredit score: Reuters
And the younger Spain worldwide is now wanted to play a giant function identical to the midfielder did so many occasions prior to now.
With Gabriel Jesus out with coronavirus and Sergio Aguero feeling his means again from a critical knee harm, Pep Guardiola has no totally match strikers.
Going into key video games at Everton and Chelsea this week, it might be an actual fear for a workforce struggling to seek out the online.
However simply as he has accomplished within the Champions League this season, Torres popped up with a giant objective within the win over Newcastle.
And Pep may effectively want extra from him over the following few days to maintain his workforce’s title possibilities alive.
In any case, Spanish forwards known as Torres usually rating objectives in England, don’t they?
Guardiola mentioned when he arrived in England again in 2016 that the Boxing Day fixtures had been one thing he was trying ahead to.
However having misplaced two extra key gamers to Covid-19 within the days main as much as this in Kyle Walker and Jesus, he may need had a barely uneasy feeling.
Even so, Metropolis’s report in opposition to Newcastle ought to have eased any nerves.
They’ve received the final 11 conferences in opposition to the Toon – with an mixture rating of 39-7.
Final time, the Geordies received an away recreation at Metropolis was again within the Maine Street days – greater than 20 years in the past.
So this was most likely the final recreation Steve Bruce needed as he tried to choose up his gamers from their Carabao Cup disappointment at Brentford.
And after a low key opening, it was no shock when Metropolis took the lead simply earlier than the quarter hour mark as Kevin de Bruyne and Joao Cancelo usual a gap for Raheem Sterling down the best.
As a substitute of going for objective he turned sharply – foxing Fabian Schar utterly – earlier than sliding the ball again for Ilkay Gundogan to fireplace dwelling.
The German opened the scoring in Metropolis’s final dwelling recreation right here in opposition to West Brom in mid December they usually did not take benefit.
However there was a distinct really feel about this one and De Bruyne virtually added a second with a cross shot that Karl Darlow needed to claw away.
Torres rolled dwelling the clincher with time and house within the Newcastle spaceCredit score: AFP
Pep Guardiola’s males dominated the sport regardless of the stormy situationsCredit score: AP:Related Press
The keeper additionally made a save to disclaim Ferran Torres though the Spaniard will need to have recognized a go to Sterling was a greater possibility.
The previous Valencia man’s very good volleyed go set De Bruyne clear however Darlow stood up effectively to disclaim him.
Sterling then sprang the offside entice to get in once more down the best however this time his effort was deflected into the side-netting.
Metropolis had utterly dominated however it was an all too acquainted feeling for Guardiola as his workforce had did not kill off their opponents.
Even with seven clear sheets from their final 9 – and simply two objectives conceded – he was not capable of loosen up with only a one objective lead.
And simply earlier than half-time, Joelinton gave one thing of a warning as he flashed a header simply broad.
Quickly after the restart Jacob Murphy received some house on the best and his low shot wanted a sensible save from Ederson to maintain it out.
Nevertheless simply because the guests had been threatening to make a recreation of it, they gifted City a second objective.
Newcastle had varied possibilities to clear their traces earlier than a low cross from the spectacular Cancelo was not handled by Federico Fernandes.
It fell on the toes of Torres who had the easy activity of rolling the ball into the nook for his second Premier League objective for his new membership.
Guardiola’s enthusiastic celebration spoke volumes about how the objectives have dried up for Metropolis this season. His workforce had mustered solely two of their earlier three league matches.
Bernardo Silva might have added one other one after a low cross from Sterling however he blasted his shot type a slim angle in opposition to the publish.
Torres might have gotten his second of the night time as he did not get something on one other depraved low cross from Cancelo.
That was his final motion earlier than he was repaced by Aguero – who ought to have added a late objective himself however for a superb save by Darlow.
The Argentine – who was solely match sufficient for a short cameo – would usually have anticipated to attain that together with his eyes closed.