Premier League roundup: Manchester City celebrations highlight pressure in title race

Premier League roundup: Manchester City celebrations highlight pressure in title race

MANCHESTER, England – Pep Guardiola celebrated as Manchester City won the Premier League title.

Erling Holland celebrates as does Sergio Aguero.

It’s early November and it was a 2-1 home win against Fulham – but the reigning champions’ reaction showed a sense of relief at the Etihad Stadium on a high-pressure day.

While the top of the table was at stake, and not discounting the late drama of Holland’s stoppage-time penalty for 10th-placed City, these are early days of the season. It is unlikely that two dropped points will hurt Guardiola’s hopes too much.

But, for him, it was the final proof that his players are ready to go again.

With just one more round of league games before the start of the World Cup, his side risked losing ground to Arsenal early on.

It was also an opportunity to take advantage of a weekend when rivals are set to drop points, with Arsenal facing Chelsea and Tottenham facing Liverpool on Sunday.

It was probably with this in mind that the City manager reacted so emotionally – hugging Kevin De Bruyne on the pitch and ordering his players to thank the fans.

Moments earlier Holland waved his shirt in the air after converting his penalty to bring back memories of Aguero’s celebrations 10 years ago after City fired to their first Premier League title.

“Of course we can’t win the Premier League today,” said manager Guardiola. “But at this moment it feels like our duty to all of us.

“To see people’s faces when we were on the field, it was really cool.”

Guardiola has spoken in recent weeks of maintaining the level his side have set during a five-year run that has seen them win four Premier League titles.

Down to 10 men from the 26th minute, when Joao Cancelo was sent off for a professional foul on Harry Wilson, his players responded strongly, dominating the game throughout and pushing for a late winner.

It also helps Holland’s ability to look for game changers when off the bench.

The Norwegian striker, who had missed the previous two games with a foot injury, was called on after 64 minutes and City’s threat level immediately increased.

With the arrival of the Dutch, the atmosphere was also ecstatic as Julian Alvarez’s goal in the 17th minute put the home team in front.

Holland was needed after Kinslow fouled Wilson to give Fulham a penalty, which Andreas Pereira converted.

City looked a completely different team with Haaland in attack, and he soon had the ball in the back of the net when heading in De Bruyne’s cross from close range. But VAR cut the celebrations short.

In the end, it only added to the sense of drama, with Fulham defender Anthony Robinson under pressure to try and keep City at bay and bring De Bruyne deep into the box with time to spare.

The Netherlands converted, even if goalkeeper Bernd Leno got a touch.

“The penalty was not the best penalty I have seen in my life,” Guardiola said. “But he hit it hard.

“If it’s soft, it’s 50-50. If it’s strong, it’s 75-30… Math is not my strong point.

Frank complains after a fight with the trainer

Brentford boss Thomas Frank said his goalkeeper coach was injured following a pre-match altercation with Nottingham Forest.

Frank claimed that Manu Sotillo had marks on him after an altercation with ground staff before the start in the 2-2 draw.

PA Sport reports that the Football Association is aware of the incident and will await referee Andre Marriner’s report.

Frank said: “It surprised me a bit, not that I’m an experienced Premier League manager, but in all my football and especially all my time in the Premier League I’ve never seen, never The lieutenant wanders in. Among our hot things.

To enter the wolf market

New Wolves manager Julian Lopetegui has been told he needs new recruits to turn the season around.

Guardian boss Steve Davies made his assessment after his side beat Brighton 3-2, with Pascal Gross scoring a late winner.

“If I were in his shoes I would be looking to add some quality to the numbers.” He said on the day of Lopetegui’s appointment.

Leeds believes

Jesse Marsh hailed Leeds’ spirit after their dramatic 4-3 win over Bournemouth.

Crescencio Summerville scored in the 84th minute to set up a thrilling end-to-end contest.

It ensured back-to-back wins for Leeds after last week’s win over Liverpool.

“From my first day here, what you see is real belief and real commitment and real understanding that it takes every ounce of our being to compete and get better in this league,” manager Marsh said. “We still have a long way to go to consistently be the team I want us to be, but at the same time we know we’re committed.”

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