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Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points

Shambhu Ajith
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9.23K   //    28 Dec 2017, 09:29 IST

Sterling celebrates after scoring the winner for Manchester City

Manchester City took their winning run to 18 games as they rather uncharacteristically picked up a modest win against Rafa Benitez's men at their own patch. As they sit atop with a 15 point cushion, the question is as loud as ever--- Who can stop them now?

The visitors exploited the space afforded to them by the hosts as they turned the game into a passing drill of sorts and drilled the Magpies into a wall. Raheem Sterling scored for the Cityzens in the 31st minute after De Bruyne pulled off a De Bruyne with a delightful dinked ball into the box.

Here are the 5 key talking points from the game:

#5 Kompany's injury woes might just push Pep over the edge

Kompany leaving the field after picking up yet another injury

Pep Guardiola is not exactly pleased with Vincent Kompany for sustaining a calf injury. Now, I, for one, do not understand the rationale behind the anger, but I do understand how frustrating it must be to see your best defender struggle for fitness like this.

On Wednesday night, Pep got hit by a double-decker bus. The first deck carried the news of Virgil Van Dijk signing for Liverpool and the second, a captain sans fitness.

‘I don’t know,’
‘I don’t know what is going to happen. Unfortunately he is injured again like the last three years.'
‘We are going to see how long it will be before he is ready.’

While the bitterness in the tone might be a bit unfair, you can definitely understand why things took that course as the seemingly invincible pack of wolves have a fresh casualty and a real problem to address in the January transfer window.

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