Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s men have been won three times before being crowned champions

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Who Needs a Super League When You Have a Super Team? Manchester City sent a message to the top of European football that was as eloquent as Pep Guardiola’s message the day before.

Despite trailing John McGinn’s goal after just 20 seconds, City were ahead halfway through time thanks to strikes from Phil Foden and Rodri. benefit.

Stones will now miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham, but in this form City could probably play the entire game with 10 men and still get the upper hand. By the way, Villa himself lost a man in 11 minutes in the second half when Matty Cash collected two bookings in as many minutes.

Man City is just three wins away from becoming champions after beating Aston Villa

Rodri (No. 16) helped City overcome by beating a goal to give them a lead in the first half

Rodri (No. 16) helped City overcome by beating a goal to give them a lead in the first half

The Spaniard came to a cross before Emiliano Martinez could reach the ball in the first half

The Spaniard came to a cross before Emiliano Martinez could reach the ball in the first half

The City players celebrate Rodri's goal and go up a goal shortly before half-time

The City players celebrate Rodri’s goal and go up a goal shortly before half-time

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

ASTON VILLA: (4-2-3-1) Martinez 6; Cash 4, Konsa 6.5, Mings 6.5, Targett 5; Douglas Luiz 5, Nakamba 6 (Barkley 63,6); Traore 5.5 (El Ghazi 75.6), McGinn 5.5, Ramsey 6 (Davis 46.6); Watkins 6

SUBS NOT USED: Heaton, Taylor, English, Elmohamady, Hause, Chukwuemeka

GOALS: McGinn (1 Hospital)

BOOKINGS: Cash (54)

SENT: Cash (57)

TRAINER: Dean Smith 6

MANCHESTER CITY: (4-3-3) Ederson 6; Walker 7, Stones 4, Days 8, Zinchenko 7; Bernardo Silva 8.5, Rodri 7, Gundogan 7; Mahrez 7.5 (Fernandinho 90), Gabriel Jesus 6.5 (Laporte 46, 6), Foden 8

SUBS NOT USED: Steffen, Ake, Sterling, Torres, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia

GOALS: Foden (22), Rodri (40)

BOOKINGS: Gundogan (44)

SENT: Rocks (44)

TRAINER: Pep Guardiola 8

REFEREE: Peter Bankes 6

MAN OF THE MATCH: Bernardo Silva (Man City)

EVENT LOCATION: Villa Park



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Eight extra points are enough to secure a new league title for City, their third under Guardiola.

But the one the club really wants is the trophy celebrated on a huge banner in the North Stand here, which reproduces the commentary of Peter Withe’s goal of reaching the 1982 European Cup final for Villa.

Guardiola dismissed the Super League as ‘no sport’, while Europe’s biggest prize remains the pinnacle of the club game, regardless of its imperfections.

What City would like to do to turn its back on the Super League – albeit too late – by winning the prize the architects wanted to ruin.

Villa got off to a perfect start after John McGinn (left) broke the deadlock within 20 seconds

Villa got off to a perfect start after John McGinn (left) broke the deadlock within 20 seconds

The Scottish international surprised City by finishing calmly past Ederson in the first minute

The Scottish international surprised City by finishing calmly past Ederson in the first minute

McGinn celebrates Villa's lightning-fast start after tucking the ball past Ederson into goal

McGinn celebrates Villa’s lightning-fast start after tucking the ball past Ederson into goal

Dean Smith's men celebrate their early goal - the fastest Premier League goal of the season

Dean Smith’s men celebrate their early goal – the fastest Premier League goal of the season

City were without Kevin De Bruyne due to a foot and ankle injury and were stunned when Dean Smith’s side immediately took the lead.

Stones made a hash of intercepting Tyrone Mings’ clipped ball forward, allowing Ollie Watkins to run free and his square ball expertly guided by McGinn, who had come forward from midfield.

It was an encouraging start for Villa, again devoid of their captain Jack Grealish, who was talking halfway through with England boss Gareth Southgate.

But once they got their rhythmic passes, City mesmerized and bewildered Villa and the 22 minute tying run was inevitable.

However, City did not panic and reacted 20 minutes later via Phil Foden (left)

However, City did not panic and reacted 20 minutes later via Phil Foden (left)

City's playmaker celebrates after quietly putting the ball in the lower left corner

City’s playmaker celebrates after quietly putting the ball in the lower left corner

Bernardo Silva (right) and Foden (left) try to restart play after scoring the tying run

Bernardo Silva (right) and Foden (left) try to restart play after scoring the tying run

Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan had both declined criminal appeals and Riyad Mahrez saw a low shot saved on the second attempt, before Foden equalized by finishing an archetypal City move.

Ederson’s long kick was perfect for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who found Foden with a header. His immediate change of play released Mahrez on the right and overlapping Bernardo took the Algerian’s pass and cut it back for Foden. The England midfielder had slipped in unnoticed from the flank and threw the ball in.

“Foden is growing,” Guardiola said. ‘His influence on our games is enormous. He’s going to be a serious player. His influence in the last third is so important.

‘We played so well. The Premier League is the most important title to win. ‘

Perhaps because of their superiority, City occasionally took out. Ederson played a routine clearance for Douglas Luiz and Villa’s midfielder immediately found Jacob Ramsey, firing in the side net.

City was reduced to 10 men when John Stones (right) was sent off for a late tackle

City was reduced to 10 men when John Stones (right) was sent off for a late tackle

After initially yellowing Stones, VAR told referee Peter Bankes to reconsider his decision

After initially yellowing Stones, VAR told referee Peter Bankes to reconsider his decision

After watching the replays, Bankes withdrew his yellow card and showed Stones a straight red card

After watching the replays, Bankes withdrew his yellow card and showed Stones a straight red card

However, with so many top technicians, City always creates opportunities. Villa couldn’t handle Foden, Bernardo or Mahrez and the last pair combined for the second. Mahrez passed, Bernardo crossed and Rodri climbed in between Mings and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to head in.

Stones then decided to make City’s job more difficult. The reckless, knee-high challenge from the center-back on Ramsey initially entailed a booking, but when ref Peter Bankes was advised to consult the monitor, there was only one outcome. When the red card was shown to Stones, Gundogan was booked for his protests.

Villa boss Smith felt a route back into the game and sent in an extra forward, who replaced Ramsey with Keinan Davis.

But with barely 10 minutes after half time it was 10 against 10. Cash had battled Foden all evening and was booked for errors on the young Prince of City in the 54th and 56th minutes.

The second was very clumsy. Cash’s ball went bad and when Foden tried to steal the ball from his toes, the right back slipped in to try to correct his mistake. Unfortunately, the ball was long gone and when Foden crashed to Earth, Cash walked away before Bankes showed the card.

Gundogan nearly scored a free kick and while the margin of victory suggests this was close, it wasn’t really. The Super League is dead, but the super team is marching on.

Villa's extra man advantage was wiped out when Matty Cash got two quick yellow cards

Villa’s extra man advantage was wiped out when Matty Cash got two quick yellow cards

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