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Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester Metropolis: Pep Guardiola's side eight aspects from Premier League title

Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season than Phil Foden (23 - 14 goals, nine assists)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said the failed European Super League (ESL) was a "closed chapter" after his side beat Aston Villa to move closer to becoming…

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Most efficient Kevin De Bruyne (24) has been straight all in favour of more targets in all competitions for Manchester Metropolis this season than Phil Foden (23 - 14 targets, 9 assists)

Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola acknowledged the failed European Sizable League (ESL) modified into a "closed chapter" after his side beat Aston Villa to transfer closer to changing into Premier League champions.

Metropolis had been one amongst 12 clubs to register to the breakaway ESL on Sunday, but withdrew on Tuesday after celebrated criticism of the proposals, which would non-public considered no promotion or relegation and a damage up in English football.

"As a membership we accept and learn and level of curiosity on the cause we're here," acknowledged Guardiola, whose side need eight aspects from 5 matches to vary into English champions for the third time in four seasons.

"It's a chapter which is over, a closed chapter. They [the owners] don't select to apologise [to me], I do know them, I do know how they are."

Metropolis's engage leaves them 11 aspects definite of Manchester United with Guardiola announcing his side had been "so shut" to the title.

Nonetheless, they'd a scare when centre-half John Stones modified into sent off factual earlier than the damage for a knee-high conducting on Jacob Ramsey.

However Villa wasted the particular person profit when Matty Money modified into brushed aside 11 minutes into the 2nd half following two bookings within the feature of three minutes.

The hosts had earlier gone ahead after handiest 20 seconds as John McGinn guided a shot previous Ederson following Ollie Watkins' low wicked.

The spectacular Phil Foden performed off a gorgeous Metropolis team transfer to equalise earlier than Rodri headed what proved to be the winner following Bernardo Silva's wicked.

Metropolis led 2-1 when they went down to 10 males, but Villa could perhaps not capitalise on the extra player after which offered diminutive threat when it modified into 10-a-side.

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A destructive day for Stones, but his crimson would not label Metropolis

'We are so shut to title' - Guardiola on Man Metropolis's engage over Aston Villa

Stones has been in gorgeous create this season, making more Premier League appearances than he managed in 2019-20, with his performances earning an England select after 16 months out of the national side.

Nonetheless, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate within the stands, it modified into an evening to put out of your mind for the 26-year-outmoded.

He modified into caught out within the first few seconds of the match when he failed to receive a prolonged ball from England team-mate Tyrone Mings, enabling Watkins to feature up McGinn for the joint quickest Premier League arrangement of the season.

Stones modified into then shown a straight crimson card for a reckless conducting on Ramsey advance the halfway line and in entrance of the two dugouts.

After a check by the video assistant referee Jarred Gillett, on-discipline referee Peter Banks watched the incident on a pitchside computer screen and showed the crimson card to Stones, even supposing Guardiola modified into sad with the resolution and remonstrated with the officials.

Stones shall be suspended for Sunday's Carabao Cup closing towards Tottenham at Wembley as Metropolis, who are furthermore within the Champions League semi-finals, arrangement to exercise up the first of a likely three trophies this season.

With a man profit, Villa's Douglas Luiz curled a 25-yard effort straight at Ederson however the match swung aid in Metropolis's favour following two Money challenges on Foden, the 2nd of which modified into a sliding conducting that wiped out the England midfielder shut to the touchline.

From then on Metropolis had been in a feature to dominate possession and now handiest need three more league wins to vary into English champions for the seventh time in their historical previous.

Foden shines as football returns to celebrated

The impact-as much as the match at Villa Park had been dominated by focus on of the European Sizable League.

Metropolis had been one amongst six English teams - along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - to join three facets from Spain and three from Italy within the proposed fresh closed opponents.

Nonetheless, Sunday's announcement, brought celebrated criticism and anger from fans, managers, various clubs and politicians, with Guardiola himself announcing football "will not be a sport if success is guaranteed or if it's not crucial ought to you lose".

Metropolis had been one amongst the first to whine their withdrawal from the ESL on Tuesday evening and there modified into no repeat of the protests that had considered enraged fans demonstrating earlier than Liverpool's match at Leeds on Monday, Chelsea's residence game versus Brighton on Tuesday and Tottenham's arrangement upon with Southampton earlier on Wednesday.

This modified into a game that again highlighted the animated and thrilling nature of the Premier League and Metropolis's play after going a arrangement within the aid of modified into a joy to eye.

Their equaliser started with goalkeeper Ederson knocking a gorgeous 50-yard ball to the left hover where Olexandr Zinchenko played it to the improbable Foden. The 20-year-outmoded drilled a low pass to Riyad Mahrez and the Algerian launched the overlapping Silva on the finest flank and his pull-aid modified into steered into the online by Foden.

The 2nd arrangement modified into any other well-labored one as Rodri powerfully headed in from any other Silva aid.

No longer handiest non-public Metropolis scored primarily the most targets within the Premier League, they furthermore non-public primarily the most productive defensive file and successfully managed to stifle Villa within the 2nd half to take a huge step in direction of any other title.

After the match, Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola acknowledged of Foden: "This man is growing. His impact in our games is giant. He's changing into a severe player.

"Phil straight away could perhaps be changing into this form of an awfully powerful player. His impact within the closing third is so crucial."

'They schooled us' - what they acknowledged

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, talking to BBC Match of the Day: "We made a tall commence. It modified into one thing we had spoken about. We non-public got one amongst primarily the most productive gamers within the league who can toddle in within the aid of the oppositions defence within the shape of Ollie Watkins.

"We defended moderately well. It modified into doubtlessly the diagram of the targets we conceded that modified into most disappointing. Cashy will learn from that. The 2nd [booking] modified into boring and reckless.

"Some of Manchester Metropolis's play play modified into well-known. They schooled us at situations.

"I have been all in favour of legit football for 34 years and I have not considered football arrangement collectively admire it has this week. That shows you the diagram outraged folks had been at the [ESL] plans."

Aston Villa 1-2 Man Metropolis: Dean Smith says his side had been 'schooled' by Manchester Metropolis

Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola talking to BBC Match of the Day: "No longer the commence I dreamt of but we reacted thoroughly, we played so factual with and without the ball. Ten towards 11, we reacted well, we played so factual."

On John Stones' crimson card: "He's slack however the arrangement to kick him will not be there, he would not high-tail there with arrangement, he isn't aggressive with the feet, he's factual slack. It's difficult, playing a form of minutes, factual learning for him. Even with 10 males we played factual, when we had the ball we played factual."

On distraction of Sizable League: "After that game it would not check admire it did distract us, we had been centered, in truth all people modified into interesting, however the gamers had been centered on this game. We are so shut. Cup closing and Champions League after which Crystal Palace."

One more away engage for Manchester Metropolis - the stats

  • Manchester Metropolis non-public won every of their closing 10 Premier League away games, changing into the first team to engage 10 in a row on the toll road within the opponents on a couple of occasion (won 11 in a row between Can also merely-December 2017).
  • Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has lost all 5 games towards Man Metropolis at some level of his managerial career - primarily the most games he has managed towards a single opponent losing 100% of those matches.
  • Villa non-public lost 9 of their closing 11 Premier League games towards the league leaders, with those defeats coming by an aggregate select up of 24-6.
  • Metropolis won a Premier League game having conceded the first arrangement for the first time since December 2019 versus Leicester (3-1), ending a toddle of 10 games without a engage when conceding first (drew three, lost seven).
  • Metropolis's Bernardo Silva has offered more Premier League assists in 2021 than any various player to this level on this duration (six - twice as many as the Portuguese assisted correct by diagram of 2020 within the tip-flight (three).
  • Metropolis's John Stones modified into been sent off for the first time in his Premier League career, in what modified into his 182nd look within the opponents. It modified into handiest the sixth rotten he had conceded within the league in 20 games this season.
  • No player has scored more targets in all competitions earlier than turning 21 for Pep Guardiola than Manchester Metropolis's Phil Foden (29 - stage with Bojan).
  • Villa's John McGinn's arrangement after 20 seconds modified into the 2nd quickest arrangement Manchester Metropolis non-public conceded in Premier League historical previous, after Alan Shearer's for Newcastle United after 10 seconds in January 2003.

What's next?

Metropolis play Tottenham at Wembley within the Carabao Cup closing on Sunday (16: 30 BST), earlier than Villa tackle West Brom in a Premier League match later that day (19: 00).

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Player of the match

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with an average of 8.36

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  2. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  3. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  4. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  5. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  6. Squad number5Player nameMings

  7. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

  8. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  9. Squad number19Player nameNakamba

  10. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  11. Squad number39Player nameDavis

  12. Squad number2Player nameMoney

  13. Squad number20Player nameBarkley

  14. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

Manchester Metropolis

  1. p079635fSquad number47Player nameFoden

  2. p07961sySquad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

  3. p0796575Squad number8Player nameGündogan

  4. placeholderSquad number16Player nameRodri

  5. p0796283Squad number26Player nameMahrez

  6. placeholderSquad number3Player nameRúben Dias

  7. p0795z1mSquad number14Player nameLaporte

  8. Squad number2Player nameWalker

  9. p0795y2hSquad number31Player nameEderson

  10. p0795zs1Squad number11Player nameZinchenko

  11. p07962nmSquad number25Player nameFernandinho

  12. p07960v9Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

  13. p0795ym4Squad number5Player nameStones

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2MoneyBooked at 57minutes
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 19NakambaSubstituted forBarkleyat 63'minutes
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 75'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseySubstituted forDavisat 45'minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 20Barkley
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 60Chukwuemeka

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5StonesBooked at 44minutes
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganBooked at 42minutes
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90'minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forLaporteat 45'minutes
  • 47Foden

Substitutes

  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cancelo
  • 50García

Live Textual stammer material

  1. Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester Metropolis 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester Metropolis 2.

  3. Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Matt Targett.

  4. Substitution, Manchester Metropolis. Fernandinho replaces Riyad Mahrez.

  5. Are attempting uncared for. Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from outdoor the box is simply too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  6. Kyle Walker (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  7. Execrable by Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

  8. Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

  9. Rodrigo (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  10. Execrable by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  11. Hand ball by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  12. Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the left hover.

  13. Execrable by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).

  14. Are attempting uncared for. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis) correct footed shot from outdoor the box is factual moderately too high from a teach free kick.

  15. Substitution, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Bertrand Traoré.

  16. Kyle Walker (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

  17. Execrable by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

  18. Are attempting blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  19. Execrable by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis).

  20. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

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