Man City's trouble at the back and other talking points from Premier League weekend

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Liverpool have taken an early stranglehold on the Premier League after a 100 per cent start to the season with reigning champions Manchester City having suffered an uncharacteristic wobble.

Frank Lampard’s fledgling reign as Chelsea boss has taken a turn for the better, while promoted Norwich are gradually getting to grips with life in the top flight having secured a famous win.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what we learned from the latest round of fixtures.

No defence

City are going to have to find a solution to their problems at the back if they are to retain their title.

Norwich turned in a fine performance to secure an unlikely 3-2 victory at Carrow Road, but they were aided and abetted by some shambolic defending from the visitors, who will be without the injured Aymeric Laporte until the new year.

Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell took full advantage to give the home side a 2-0 lead, but Teemu Pukki’s third was a study in incompetence as Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones combined to present him with a simple chance.

Good day for Buendia

Emiliano Buendia is living proof that there are bargains out there in an increasingly expensive transfer market.

The 22-year-old Argentinian, who cost Norwich around £1.5million when they signed him from Getafe last summer, played a key role in their promotion campaign and starred in their win over Manchester City, repeatedly breaking up play and charting a way through Pep Guardiola’s press to set his team on their way.

Tammy’s time

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Lampard has placed a huge weight on Tammy Abraham’s shoulders, and the 21-year-old has responded in impressive style with seven goals in his last three games.

His hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves demonstrated the talent at his disposal, scoring first with a well-placed shot in the turn, then a bullet header before saving the best for last when he tricked his way past defender Conor Coady and fired inside the far post to leave keeper Rui Patricio helpless.

Magpies pay the price

Former Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was repeatedly criticised during his time on Tyneside for adopting an ultra-defensive system against the Premier League’s big guns, and his successor Steve Bruce has attempted to shift the balance.

He was rewarded for a slightly more progressive approach with a fine win at Tottenham and he was given hope of a repeat at Liverpool when Jetro Willems blasted the visitors ahead.

However, errors from wing-back Emil Krafth and then midfielder Christian Atsu and keeper Martin Dubravka allowed Sadio Mane to turn the tide.

There was little anyone could do to prevent Mohamed Salah from sealing a 3-1 win after running on to Roberto Firmino’s breathtaking pass.

Luck deserts the Blades

Sheffield United have more than made a fist of life in the big time, but they discovered this weekend that when your luck is out, it is out.

They thought they had taken the lead against Southampton when Oli McBurnie turned home Oliver Norwood’s free-kick only for his effort to be correctly ruled out for offside, and then had strong penalty appeals waved away before striker Billy Sharp was sent off for a challenge which might have warranted only a yellow card as they went down 1-0. 

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Rodrigo insists Manchester City have to “wake up” following their shock defeat at Norwich.

The Canaries stunned the defending Premier League champions as they won 3-2 at Carrow Road on Saturday despite missing a host of first-team players through injury.

Pep Guardiola’s side were guilty of a number of defensive mishaps – Kenny McLean nodding Norwich in front when he was picked out unmarked from a corner with Todd Cantwell then doubling the lead.

Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the visitors before the break only for Nicolas Otamendi to be robbed of possession on the edge of his own box by Emi Buendia, who then squared for Teemu Pukki to restore a two-goal cushion.

Rodrigo, a summer signing from Atletico Madrid, fired in a late consolation as Norwich hung on for the win to leave Manchester City five points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

“I think we lost this game because of us,” the Spain international told mancity.com.

“I think they don’t do many things to win this game. Of course, congratulations to Norwich, they play really good football, but today we gave them chances.

“That’s something we have to look at ourselves and solve our mistakes. It’s not normal. The three goals are mistakes.

“The team is working, we are down now but we have to wake up because we have matches every three days.”

Guardiola said after the game that it is too early in the season to consider the defeat as a blow to their quest to win a third successive league title – something Rodrigo agreed with.

“The season is very long,” he said.

“You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season not the end.

“That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.”

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Reaction from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after Norwich City pulled off a shock 3-2 win over the defending champions in the Premier League at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The reigning Premier League champions were deservedly beaten 3-2 at Carrow Road as the injury-hit Canaries took advantage of defensive frailties from the visitors to notch up a famous win.

Kenny McLean headed the hosts in front from a corner before Todd Cantwell doubled the lead – only for a Manchester City comeback to seemingly start as Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time.

But Norwich did not buckle and Teemu Pukki’s sixth of the season soon after the restart – gifted to him after Nicolas Otamendi dallied in possession before being robbed of the ball on the edge of his own box – restored their two-goal advantage.


Rodri arrowed in a late consolation but the defeat leaves Guardiola’s side five points behind title rivals Liverpool – who are yet to drop any points.








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