Manchester City managed to come from behind and overcome Newcastle thanks to some solid game management from Pep Guardiola.
The Cityzens were trailing Eddie Howe’s side going into the second half of their clash thanks to goals from both Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon.
However, after star man Kevin De Bruyne was introduced to the game in the 69th minute, the match was flipped on its head.
The Belgian has been out for several months after having surgery on his hamstring in August.
He did make a brief return on the 18th December but was subsequently injured once again.
The attacking-midfielder has missed a total of 32 games throughout the entirety of the 2023/24 season thus far.
Guardiola will be hoping that his injuries are now behind him, especially since Erling Haaland is also absent form the squad.
Talking about his return, De Bruyne said to TNT Sports, “I enjoyed myself. It was crazy.
“I missed this. I had a big injury and I needed the time.”
Although De Bruyne is now back within the first-team fold at Man City, he has admitted that he is not yet ready to play a full 90 minutes.
“I think it was more willpower than anything else.
“I know I’m not able to do that for 90 minutes at the moment. I can put in a shift for 30 minutes. I feel it in my lungs, especially with the cold.”
Although the Belgium international doesn’t believe he is back to his best yet, the performance he put on for the Cityzens today showcased his importance to the team.
What Pep Guardiola had to say about Liverpool
Following their victory against Newcastle in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola has set his sights on the title.
After coming away with the three points today, Man City are now just two points behind Liverpool.
The clubs are on an equal amount of games and are set to face lower placed opposition in their next Premier League matchup.
Guardiola spoke about the Cityzens’ top flight title chances and seemingly praised Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
“It’s really important [to win against Newcastle] because Liverpool are flying over the last month,” he said.
“We have to go to Anfield so it’s better to be close to them.”
It is clear to see that Liverpool’s title chase won’t be straight forward.
With the likes of Man City and Arsenal both within touching distance of the title, it could go down to the wire.
The Reds aren’t set to face Guardiola’s side until March so things could change in the run-up to that game.
However, one thing is for sure, the clash on the ninth of March could be season defining.