MAN CITY 2-0 FULHAM
- Two early goals from Sterling and de Bruyne helps City beat Fulham
- City moves up to the fourth position on the league table
City seems to have found their goal scoring charm back following their two consecutive wins over Burnley last weekend and now against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium – even as they strive to turn their poor start to the 2020/21 season situation around.
Their new found form didn’t take long to pay-off in the 5th minute of the game, when Fulham players gave too much space to Kevin de Bruyne who managed to carve up the middle before playing a perfectly-weighted pass through to Raheem Sterling to slot home the opener.
City doubled their lead with De Bruyne’s spot kick after the visitor’s defender Joachim Anderson tripped Raheem Sterling in the box and the referee whistled for a penalty.
City has so far been one of the numerous clubs to have suffered injury blows from key players here and there since the start of the season.
Players like Kun Aguero has been sidelined for a couple of months now with an injury, and is yet to return back to action for the 2019 Premier League champions.
Fulham on the other hand have been struggling recently to win games since their return to the Premier League.
They have managed win just two of their opening eleven premier league matches; losing eight with one draw.
City now moves up to the fourth position on the league table atleast for now as they may be pushed down the log by other teams who are yet to play.
Post Match Views From the Managers
“It’s important to get a good run of points. For the chances we had, yes [we should have scored more], but it was the same in Porto. It’s important that we won and that defenders don’t make mistakes and we don’t gift goals.“We know the quality from Kevin [de Bruyne] in the goals and assists. He’s so important for us. Just look at how he runs and fights as a modern footballer today. He is an example of this. He put all this together and every season it’s massive.“It’s important to win games and clean sheets are a good fact, especially with the amount of chances we created again. The Fulham physicality was impressive. Scott Parker always has something tricky, you know, he did well against Leicester. Now everyone can beat everyone. That’s why it’s important for the victory and no injuries to go into the Champions League with fresh players.“We have to wait until the end of the weekend but what’s important is the feeling in the team. We will improve.”
“I thought overall we are disappointed with the result but we understood the challenge. I asked this team to leave an impression a little bit. Teams come here and get swept away. They come through it sometimes and don’t leave anything. I wanted us to leave something. I wanted that to happen individually and as a team from the players and I think we did that, certainly in the second half. At times they were very brave, took courage and played. There was a lot of positives.
“We changed it structurally a little bit [in the second half] and moved to a back four in the second half. They are a very good counter-pressing team. You need to be brave in those moments and I felt we were in the second half. This is not a low for us. Man City are a team that are on a different level to where we are. We wanted to put a performance in and I feel like we did that.”
WHO PLAYS WHO NEXT
City will travel to France on Wednesday to complete their Champions League Group C game against Marseille before returning to host United in a Manchester derby on Saturday in the Premier League
While Fulham who are not in any European competition will be hosting Title holders Liverpool in the premier league on Sunday