Manchester City are facing allegations of unprecedented proportions relating to the club's financial management over a long period of time. In the present, however, the team is initially unimpressed: Before the top game, they are harmless.
Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Arsenal to three points ahead of the forthcoming Premier League game in London. The English soccer champions defeated Aston Villa 3-1 (3-0) and can catch up with the Gunners with 48 points in a win on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / Sky and in the live ticker on ntv.de) in North London. However, Arsenal have played one game fewer than coach Pep Guardiola's team.
The Manchester City pros were not unsettled by the investigations against the club that have become known in the past few days due to numerous violations of the financial rules. Rodri (4th minute), national player Ilkay Gündogan after submission by Erling Haaland (39th) and Riyah Mahrez (45th 1 / penalty kick) ensured a clear lead before the break. Ollie Watkins was at least able to reduce the score to 1:3 for the guests (61st).
Local rivals Manchester United follow after 2-0 (0-0) at Leeds United with 46 points in third place. Marcus Rashford scored the lucky opening goal for coach Erik ten Hag's team in the 80th minute. 18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho made it 2-0 five minutes later. The hosts were the better team for a long time and missed the lead several times. According to media reports, Alfred Schreuder (50) was a spectator at Elland Road and is considered a top candidate to succeed Jesse March, who had to leave as Leeds coach at the beginning of February. Schreud was a coach at Ajax Amsterdam until January and previously also coached TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.