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Gundoan steps up in the absence of De Bruyne, but much more rigorous testing awaits in tabletop cities – Soccer Sports

West Bromwich-No Kevin De Bruyne, no problem. Even without a good midfielder Manchester city Returned to the top of the Premier League table 5-0 wins that’s all West Bromwich Albion..

The city’s quest to win a third title in four years may depend on how they deal with De Bruyne, who began rehabilitating his hamstring injury last week. Aston Villa, Next 4-6 weeks. Josep Guardiola’s team got off to a good start without the Belgians, but will face tougher tests before the stars midfielder and creator in chief come back.

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After his 13th defeat of the season, West Brom got 6 points from safety, but Sam Allardyce made his debut. Robert Snodgrass, You’ve been in this situation enough times to know that it’s not a match against the top team that decides whether to go down. FulhamAlso, visit here on Saturday at the delegation’s place-a winning game if Allardyce achieves yet another great escape.

After clearing West Brom and winning 11 straight wins, Citi fantasizes about a chance to do the same Sheffield United It’s Saturday, but it’s February when they really feel the tension of being on the sidelines of the best players.After starting the moon on a trip to Burnley, They then face Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal On three consecutive weekends.Guardiola expects De Bruyne to come back Manchester UnitedA visit to Etihad Stadium on March 6th, but that is not a guarantee.

Guardiola was here before. A series of injured layoffs in 2018-19 meant De Bruyne could only play 19 league appearances, but Citi won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup and became the first national treble of British football. Did not prevent you from recording. This spellout is easier to manage if: Ilkay GundoanBy playing more positively than usual, you can keep his life in shape.

The Germans scored twice in the first 30 minutes at Hawthorne and scored seven goals in the last eight league games.He scored in three consecutive league games for the first time since moving to England In 2016, even though it’s only a midpoint, it’s already set a career high with season (7) goals.

“He has that scent,” Guardiola said.

“Sometimes he plays as a hold midfielder or behind, but when playing near the box, he has this scent to make these good runs and ball quality in the box, he Is always there.

He can take a touch, slow down, create and finish in a second. We are happy with what he is doing. In soccer, you may have to score goals to gain recognition, but that’s okay. “

He said that Gundoan was the first to drop out in a game that he had already won early in the second half. Guardiola cannot afford another injury to the major midfielder, as De Bruyne is already absent.

“Obviously Kevin is a big mistake for us, but we have players who get more game time, and because everyone gives us the different qualities we need to continue. We need everyone. “

“I’m playing a bit more aggressive. If I get closer to the box, I’ll try to make the right decision. I’ve just done my best. I’m in the right place at the right time.”

Gundoan’s first night was swept away from the edge of the penalty, and Allardyce urged the players to shout, “You are looking at the ball.” It didn’t seem to help at all, and by half-time they had seen City score four times. In fact, Allardyce was so disappointed with his efforts that he left the team in the dressing room for over an hour after the final whistle.

Allardyce was particularly upset at the second point, with João Cancelo curling in the upper corner. Bernardo Silva The buildup was flagged as offside. West Brom’s defender seemed to stop when the ball came in, but VAR Craig Poson just decided that Silva was on the side and should score a goal.

“We are not blaming the decision,” Snodgrass said.

“It’s difficult. Looking back, the flag was delayed. It was a difficult decision.

That’s just one of the things that didn’t work. Tonight we won’t blame everyone else. There is no hiding place in the Premier League, these top boys will punish you. “

rear Riyad Mahrez I finished 4th just before half-time. Raheem Sterling For all of Guardiola’s claims that his team is having a hard time scoring a goal, adding a fifth shortly after the break, they now have 36 in the league season-same as Manchester United. And it’s just one less than the top scorer Liverpool. Meanwhile, Citi maintained another goalless goal to reach 11 in 19 games this season, scoring only once in the last 10 and a half hours of the league.Even without De Bruyne Sergio Aguero, The city is flying.

“We have created more opportunities and hardly admitted. The team is there,” Guardiola said.

“It doesn’t matter who plays. That’s a good result and I’m taking a break now to prepare for Sheffield United.”

– Soccer Sports

Gundoan steps up in the absence of De Bruyne, but much more rigorous testing awaits in tabletop cities

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