EPL: City slickers

EPL: City slickers

SINGAPORE/ENGLAND - MAN CITY 4 (David Silva 6, Sergio Aguero 22, Yaya Toure 50, Samir Nasri 75) VS NEWCASTLE 0

Following their rivals' convincing starts to the season, Manchester City needed to fire an instant statement of intent.

They did, and with some aplomb, too.

Four goals past a hapless Newcastle side failed to reflect the stranglehold they held over the visitors at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday morning (Singapore time).

Had it not been for some early-season rustiness, it would have been more than just David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri netting a goal apiece.

Even before Newcastle defender Steven Taylor was red-carded for a swipe at Aguero on the stroke of half-time, the hosts, two goals up at that point, had already virtually made victory a foregone conclusion with 45 minutes of superior power and creativity.

The only bad news to emerge from the City camp was the injury to defender Vincent Kompany, who may be out for the next two weeks after picking up an injury.

Joy

City manager Manuel Pellegrini experienced more joy over the team display than the result, and it was a perfectly understandable reaction.

The game turned out to be a clear demonstration of their potential, but more importantly, a possible indication that they have made huge strides in eradicating the deficiencies of Roberto Mancini's final campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

City's botched title defence last term came down to plenty of factors, but none as glaring as the poor returns in front of goal.

Although they finished runners-up, they scored only 66 goals, 20 less than champions Manchester United and fewer than even seventh-placed Liverpool's 71.

It was a far cry from their title-winning 2011/12 season, during which the Citizens notched 93 goals. Their moves in the transfer market this summer were telling.

City have spent close to £87 million ($174m) on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, which makes them the biggest Premiership spenders so far.

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