Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle: 5 Talking Points

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Manchester City bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season with little difficulty, as Sergio Aguero again tormented Newcastle United by scoring a ideal hat-trick in a 3-1 home win at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City's David Silva has been on the winning side in his last 23 club games in all competitions - the longest run of any player since the English Football League began in 1888.

City went into the game nine points clear of rivals Manchester United and up against a tough Newcastle defence, but they made the most of the little space they were afforded to secure the win. There is a part of City's followers being self-deprecating because of how badly things have gone for them in the past from relatively good positions, but there is also the fear of being left embarrassed.

Pep Guardiola's side are 3/1 favourites with Sky Bet to win the Champions League for the first time, followed by PSG (5/1), Bayern Munich (11/2) and Barcelona (13/2), but Merson says the manager should be anxious after seeing their capitulation and thinks Manchester United have as good a chance as City of winning the crown. Now we must analyse and be positive.

"We have two chances with that, to see what happened behind or to see what happens in the 11 games we have to win", he added.

City's number twenty-five was full of praise for his Spanish coach after signing his new contract.

Guardiola's team have scored 10 times in their past three league and cup matches. "Other players can play there in different circumstances".

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Newcastle travel to Eastlands with fresh doubts surrounding the future of manager Rafa Benitez after the collapse of takeover talks.

To be fair, Newcastle have been constantly distracted by feuds between Benitez and controversial club owner Mike Ashley, and by Ashley's attempts to sell the club as well.

It threatens to be a third consecutive transfer window where the manager has failed to receive significant financial backing to boost a squad desperately short of top flight quality.

He said: "I said to them until fixture 24 we were the best team but that doesn't count".

Finally, they lost. Having not tasted defeat throughout the first 22 rounds of action, Manchester City were finally on the wrong side of a Premier League result, Liverpool snatching a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield last weekend.

"I always said no". Would it stop me from doing the same again? No.

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