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Manchester City lay down title gauntlet with dominant display

Aguero was instrumental in Manchester City's win (©GettyImages)
Aguero was instrumental in Manchester City's win (©GettyImages).

In a rather one sided affair against Newcastle United, Manchester City showed why they have the thirst and desire to win back the English Premier League trophy from their fiercest rivals.

A 4-0 scoreline doesn't really do justice to what they showed they are capable of. Manchester City could have easily gone 2-0 up in the first five minutes. Newcastle would consider themselves lucky with just a 4-0 scoreline in spite of playing with only 10 men.

This was primarily due to Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul's heroics to deny Edin Dzeko multiple times. Nevertheless, Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini have stormed into the Premier League season by make a rather large statement: "This is our year."

It might have been a win against a side lacking morale and team spirit with many issues between club and players, most notably the one between Papiss Cisse and the club regarding the club's t-shirt sponsors.

On top of that, they were also missing their best player in Yohan Cabaye who was unsettled by a bid from Arsene Wenger earlier that evening.

However, City still were ruthless in their display. It was 90 minutes of pure offensive football unlike under Roberto Mancini when they were often criticised for having a negative and defensive approach.

The passing was so fluent, slick and artistic. Jesus Navas and Paolo Zabaleta ran the two left backs in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Paul Dummett ragged all night. The two linked up perfectly with some brilliant cut backs and crosses into the box where Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva often lurked.

Another major positive for City was the comeback of their record signing, Sergio Aguero.

It was his first game back after a lay-off on the sidelines due to his knee injury. He played like the Aguero who won the title for City two seasons back, not the one from last year, with a finish from outside the box that only the best can pull off.

It was the quick movement of Vincent Kompany that started it, a tackle and a pass down to Dzeko who back-heeled it Aguero. He still had a lot to do as he ran wide off goal to avoid Steven Taylor and brilliantly finished it across goal in the bottom corner.

It was a major statement to Jose Mourinho and David Moyes who themselves had comfortable wins.

Manchester City are now on top of the table and with Manchester United playing Chelsea next weekend, pressure is on those teams already. Chelsea seemed to step off the gas in the second half against Hull City Tigers and Manchester United just don't seem like they would be the same team if they do lose Robin Van Persie to an injury.

Manchester City on the other hand never stepped off the gas against a more experienced Premier League team. Alvaro Negredo even scored late but was wrongly deemed offside. They also have enough squad depth to replace their star Sergio Aguero with Stephan Jovetic or Alvaro Negredo. This team seems like they want the premier league more. 

Nevertheless, it's just gameweek one and there's 37 more to go. Anything can happen in the English Premier League even though Manuel Pellegrini's team are probably considered favorites for the crown.

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Manchester City
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Edin Dzeko
Sergio Aguero

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