Manchester City required two goals in the second half to tie Newcastle United, with Allan Saint-Maximin scoring both for the visitors under Eddie Howe.
Allan Saint-Maximin has received praise from both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp following Manchester City’s Premier League draw at Newcastle.
Ilkay Gundogan gave the defending Premier League winners an early advantage at St. James’ Park, but Saint-Maximin helped the home team regain the advantage. The former Nice star assisted Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson in scoring goals. He was also fouled, resulting in a free kick that Kieran Trippier sent into the upper right corner of City’s goal.
Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva pulled Guardiola’s team level before Trippier’s red card was lowered to a yellow after a VAR review, allowing Guardiola’s team to escape with a point. But Saint-Maximin was the star of the show, and the opposition manager’s remarks reflected that.
Allan Saint-Maximin is risky, according to Pep Guardiola, who spoke to BBC Sport following the game. It is reminiscent of remarks made by Klopp during the 2020–21 campaign, during which the German referred to the 25-year-old as “a proper footballer.”
Saint-Maximin has only scored 11 goals in more than 80 league games, thus they haven’t always been a clear goal threat. On Sunday, however, the city had no response for him, and John Stones was cautioned for the tackle that led to Trippier’s score.
As a result, Arsenal, who easily defeated Bournemouth, will conclude the weekend in first place in the Premier League standings, overtaking City. Newcastle, on the other hand, are in sixth position after winning one game and drawing the other two.
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While highlighting the amount of talent in the Premier League, Guardiola also praised the environment in the northeast. Leeds United, who like City have seven points, defeated Chelsea 3-0 earlier in the day at Elland Road.
Newcastle is undoubtedly one of the most difficult opponents to play, according to Guardiola. It represents a significant departure from the end of the previous campaign, when the Catalan coach guided his club to a 5-0 victory against the same opponents at home.
“Today, Leeds defeated Chelsea. The Premier League is really challenging for everyone “He also provided Sky Sports with post-game comments.
“It demonstrates how fantastic we’ve been for five years and how challenging it will be. Enough is seeing the squad persevere.”
The next Premier League opponent for Manchester City is Crystal Palace, and Guardiola will want his club to outperform their showings from last year against the Eagles. Only two visiting clubs managed to win at the Etihad Stadium last season, while Selhurst Park’s matchup with Patrick Vieira’s team ended scorelessly.