The Sky Blues secured a 5-0 victory over the Canaries after successive defeats to Leicester City and Tottenham in the Community Shield and the Premier League respectively.
The likes of Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish stood out from the field as City tormented Daniel Farke’s defense throughout the game, with the former taking home the man of the match award after an eye-catching display on the right wing, and the second claiming his first goal from his new club on his home debut.
Pep Guardiola’s side have shown encouraging signs after a slow start to the campaign in front of a dynamic crowd at the Etihad Stadium for the first time in nearly 18 months.
Here are five things City Xtra spotted during the first team training session on Monday morning-
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1. Riyadh savoring the rare sun
Riyad Mahrez was one of the first to show up for training on Sunday, and the Algeria international couldn’t help but rejoice in the sunshine appearing in the middle of a rainy week in the city of Manchester.
The 30-year-old scored City’s fifth goal after coming off the bench against Norwich City with the winger set to relaunch a brilliant 2020/21 campaign in which he scored 14 goals and nine assists in 48 outings all competitions combined.
After a difficult first season since leaving Leicester City in 2018, Mahrez has raised his level of play by proving to be a crucial asset for City in recent seasons, and despite being linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in recent months, the winger is set to remain the first choice on the right flank.
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2. Sterling gets megged!
It was a pretty happy sight when Raheem Sterling was muscled by Mahrez in a rondo session less than 24 hours after the striker came off the bench and completed a lavish team move that delighted his manager.
The couple shared a laugh after the incident, with Mahrez screaming and asking if his skills had been caught on cameras. Smiles are indeed back on the faces of the players after a rather dull start to the season.
It just goes to show that the feel-good factor is back on the training ground, and more so for Sterling, who has come under heavy criticism for his disappointing form spell for City during the previous campaign’s end of business. and yet despite all the abuse, he continues to prove people wrong.
3. Work on the final product
It is well known that City, for all their attacking talent in midfield, struggled to find the back of the net on numerous occasions last season. Statistics have shown that Guardiola’s side had one of the lowest conversion rates in the Premier League last season.
After failing to score in each of their first two matches of the 2021/22 campaign, both of which ended in 1-0 defeats, City opened the floodgates against an unsuccessful Norwich City defense. height of the wealth of creativity and industry possessed by the Manchester side.
Whether City manage to sign Kane by the end of the month or not, Guardiola will want to wear his team’s shooting boots, especially since some of their direct title challengers have got off to a good start in the campaign.
4. Palmer looks clean
After impressing Guardiola in the pre-season, Cole Palmer was offered his Premier League debut by the Catalan against Norwich City, as the City Academy graduate replaced İlkay Gündoğan with just under a quarter of the game at to play.
The 19-year-old made an instant impact as he combined well with Grealish on the left side of the attack and caused all kinds of trouble for a tired Norwich defense, who had no response to the wave incessant attacks from City.
Palmer looked sharp in training on Sunday as the Englishman looks to follow in the footsteps of Phil Foden, who broke into the first team after breaking through the club’s youth ranks.
5. Carson still has it
Although Ederson is often touted as one of the best snipers in the game, Scott Carson still has a long way to go, as he showed in practice on Sunday, making a series of magnificent saves.
The veteran goalkeeper is a prominent figure in the dressing room and was spotted barking orders at his younger peers during a small-scale practice match.
While unlikely to appear anytime soon, the 35-year-old, who is held in high regard by club staff and fans in general, is striving to improve himself and his teammates in being a constant voice on the training ground.
You can watch the full video posted on the club’s official twitter account here.
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