It is in all probability not the best way Grealish dreamt it — the ball bouncing off his knee and over the road to assist Metropolis to a comfortable 5-0 win over Norwich City — however he will not thoughts. Apart from the scruffy end, it was in any other case a really typical Guardiola purpose — threaded go, adopted by a cross from the byline discovering a spare man on the again publish — which suggests Grealish has been paying consideration within the staff conferences and that there’s in all probability extra to return.
Grealish is up and operating after his £100 million transfer from Aston Villa, and so are Metropolis, bouncing again after starting their marketing campaign with defeat at Tottenham Hotspur. At his information convention on Friday, Guardiola seemed like a person who is aware of higher than to panic after one poor outcome, and the best way his staff dismantled Norwich was a well timed reminder to anybody who wanted it that they’re champions for a purpose.
Metropolis placed on a firework show earlier than kickoff to mark the return of followers to the Etihad Stadium for the primary time in 18 months, and whereas it wasn’t a kind of explosive performances, it was an hour and a half of quiet menace. Norwich won’t be the one staff to lose closely right here this season.
“The outcome was the consequence of what number of good issues we’ve executed,” stated Guardiola after the match. “Nonetheless we aren’t in our high type and nonetheless we’ve many issues to do. It was actually good. I am completely satisfied for that and our first three factors and hopefully it won’t be the final.
“Hopefully Jack can rating extra however an important factor is the primary victory.”
Grealish cited Guardiola as one of many causes he selected to depart his boyhood membership this summer season, and it isn’t exhausting to know why. Below the Catalan, Raheem Sterling went from scoring a handful of objectives a season to recurrently getting greater than 20. In the course of the 2019-20 season, he scored 31 in all competitions.
Grealish’s greatest tally is 10, however at Metropolis he has the chance to begin placing up far greater numbers. Enjoying on the left of the entrance three, as he did in opposition to Norwich, he’ll get loads of probabilities by merely drifting inside in direction of the again publish. That is all he wanted to do to get his first for the membership on his dwelling debut after Kyle Walker had carved open the Norwich defence and located Gabriel Jesus‘ darting run.
“If Jack will get the mentality to attain objectives like Raheem then yeah [he can get 20 or 30 goals a season],” stated Guardiola. “Raheem, once I arrived right here 4 or 5 years in the past, did not have the purpose in his thoughts. That modified. In the present day Raheem scored a purpose as a result of he arrived within the central place like a 9. He’s a machine there. He has to return again in these positions. He modified his thoughts and determined he’s going to attain, rating, rating. If Jack has a mentality like Raheem he can do it.”
Grealish’s purpose was nearly a carbon copy of the primary purpose of the afternoon, besides Jesus’ cross by no means reached the again publish as a result of it was bundled in by a mixture of Grant Hanley and Tim Krul. Jesus, enjoying for granted winger, was excellent.
“He’s a participant who likes to play extra wider than in central positions,” stated Guardiola. “One of many the explanation why I’m a supervisor in the very best moments of my profession is as a result of you may work with individuals like Gabriel. He by no means complains. If he performs 5 minutes, he performs the very best 5 minutes he can do. Play proper, he’s completely satisfied; play central, he’s completely satisfied; play left, he’s completely satisfied.
“I’m so completely satisfied for Gabriel. In life he deserves the very best as a result of he’s so beneficiant. We’ve got an distinctive squad and I by no means complain about that. We’ve got the identical staff final season and we misplaced absolutely the legend Sergio [Aguero] and in got here Jack and I’m greater than happy with the squad we’ve.”
After Aymeric Laporte had turned within the third, the fourth got here from one other Jesus cross, this time completed off by Sterling. Riyad Mahrez made it 5-0 thanks, partially, to Ruben Dias‘ imaginative and prescient to select the Algeria worldwide from 30 yards.
Daniel Farke stated pointedly afterwards that Norwich had “conceded the identical purpose 4 instances.” Of their previous six Premier League journeys to Metropolis, they’ve shipped 26 objectives.
The guests could not even muster a shot heading in the right direction right here, and when you should not choose a staff promoted from the Championship in video games in opposition to Liverpool and Metropolis, it already seems to be like one other relegation scrap for Farke’s facet. Their file after two video games reads no factors, no objectives and eight conceded.
The desk seems to be far more healthy for Guardiola forward of Arsenal‘s go to subsequent weekend. Metropolis and Grealish are up and operating.