Man City complete 90% of their passes in demolition of Norwich
Manchester City dealt Norwich a thorough hiding at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, running out 7-0 winners in a match characterised by complete dominance from the hosts. The Citizens needed a fortuitous deflection off of Bradley Johnson to open their account on the day in the 20th minute but struck again just moments later and never looked back as they leapt back into the top five in the Premier League.
City lorded over the Canaries in seeing 64% of the possession, completing 90% of a mammoth 826 attempted passes as the visitors attempted just 385 of their own, completing 80%.
Norwich struggled to even get close to the opposition in defending, making only 11 tackles despite spending so much of the evening under sustained pressure, and were comprehensively beaten in the air in having won a pithy four of 19 total headed duels.
All told Manuel Pellegrini’s men created an astounding 17 chances, converting them at an incredible rate of course, piling on 13 take ons and scoring seven times on 26 shots as their adversaries barely had any success in all phases of the game.
Man of the Match – Yaya Toure
The Ivorian took Man of the Match honours for the third time this campaign, dominating in the centre of the park en route to a Squawka Performance Score of 128.
Toure didn’t need to do too much defending considering his side’s extreme territorial advantage throughout, but nonetheless made two tackles to aid in City’s oppression of Norwich’s offensive efforts.
Where the 30-year-old truly shone was in distribution, however, as he completed 93% of his passes to control proceedings from his role in midfield, creating two chances on top of his fantastic free-kick on the hour mark for the Citizens’ fifth goal.