Jamie Carragher claims the Premier League is becoming a ‘joke’ because of the negative tactics used by smaller teams against the top six at home. The former Liverpool defender made the controversial comments during Newcastle’s defeat against Manchester City at St James’ Park on Wednesday night. The Mapgies, who were beaten 1-0 by the runaway leaders, were clearly set
“The finish, Sterling watches it come over the defender, and he hits it off balance – it’s something he never could have done two years ago. “He makes this Newcastle tactic look embarrassing. It has to change. There’s defending, and there’s showing absolutely no ambition whatsoever. “If it were a boxing match, the referee would
City have opened up a 15 point lead at the top of the Premier League table, but were made to fight all the way as Benitez’s men adopted an ultra-defensive approach before going for broke at the death.
City’s win was secured by Raheem Sterling’s 31st-minute strike, although they also hit the woodwork twice
Raheem Sterling fired Manchester City 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they extended their winning run to 18 games at Newcastle. Sterling’s 31st-minute strike was all the leaders had to show for a dominant display in front of a crowd of 52,311 at St James’ Park as the Magpies’
They avoided the usual thrashing dished out by City and with quarter of an hour to go, it was Guardiola who withdrew a forward – Sergio Aguero – replacing him with Eliaquim Mangala. And, after spending three-quarters of the game on the backfoot, Newcastle threw off the shackles late on though Dwight Gayle’s attempt to
Pep Guardiola’s men arrived at St James’ Park knowing they could stretch their advantage in top spot after second-placed rivals Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw against Burnley on Boxing Day.
And despite City dominating the majority of the game on Tyneside and hitting the woodwork on three occasions, they only had
Pep Guardiola’s Mancester City side extended their record-breaking winning streak to 17 league games with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth last weekend and Kompany is keen to maintain the high with a win at Newcastle. “We have to keep it going,” the Belgian said. “When you are on such a run you want to put
Longstaff is currently on loan with Blackpool but his deal with the club is set to expire on January 6 and Scunthorpe are hoping to swoop for his signature.
The 20-year-old has impressed at Bloomfield Road, scoring six times and providing a further six assists in 23 appearances.
Blackpool are keen to extend
“Liverpool and Newcastle are among the Premier League sides who famously collapsed in a title race”
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in lethal form this season. After Everton held them to a 1-1 draw on the second day of the season, a game in which they were reduced to 10-men,
The Magpies ended a nine-match winless run in the top-flight by securing a 3-2 triumph over West Ham at the weekend, a result that lifted them outside the relegation zone.
Next up for Benitez’s men is the daunting prospect of facing runaway league leaders Manchester City at St James’ Park on Wednesday, so their