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Four things Pep Guardiola got right as Man City close in on title after Liverpool slip

Manchester City moved one step closer to retaining their Premier League crown after thrashing Newcastle 5-0 at the Etihad.Raheem Sterling ghosted into space at the back post to nod City into an 18th minute lead before Aymeric Laporte bundled home a second 20 minutes later. Rodri and Phil Foden scored before Sterling netted his second of the afternoon in the dying moments for City, who cruised to a crucial win just days after suffering Champions League heartbreak.Here, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the big calls that Pep Guardiola got spot on as City took full advantage of Liverpool's slip-up against Tottenham to open up a three point lead at the top of the table...After Liverpool dropped precious points less than 24 hours earlier, City knew they had the opportunity to take control of the title race with a positive result against Eddie Howe's side - and they wasted no time in trying to beat the Magpies into submission.City were at it right from the off and could, and arguably should, have scored twice in the opening 15 minutes.
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Newcastle's mad spending surpasses eight January transfer windows for entire Premier League
The Premier League went big in the January transfer window and it was no surprise to see Newcastle United top the spending charts.The Magpies were taken over by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in November and were always likely to invest heavily at the first opportunity.With the threat of relegation to the Championship looming large, Newcastle’s new owners splashed the cash to bring in five new players.Kieran Trippier (£12m), Chris Wood (£25m), Bruno Guimaraes (£33.3m plus £6.5m in add-ons), Dan Burn (£11m plus £2m in add-ons) and Matt Targett (loan deal) have bolstered Eddie Howe’s squad for the run-in.That gives Newcastle an initial spend of over £80m, with more payments to come, depending on how deals have been structured and performance-related add-ons.Newcastle’s new-found wealth has helped the Premier League record a bumper window with an overall gross spend of £295m.According to market analysis by Deloitte, the 2022 January transfer window is therefore the second highest January transfer window spend ever, behind only 2018, which saw a whopping £430m spent when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aymeric Laporte were the headline deals.HAVE YOUR SAY! Will Newcastle avoid relegation from the Premier League this season? Comment below. Interestingly, January 2022 is also over four times higher than the spend during January 2021 (£70m), showing the lessening impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Newcastle and Premier League rival to bid for Bayern Munich icon Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich icon Thomas Muller could be on his way to the Premier League during the final few days of the January transfer window - and his recent performances suggest still has plenty to offer.Celebrating his 33rd birthday later this year, Muller has a wealth of experience and has picked up 10 Bundesliga titles since making his senior debut back in 2008.After dropping out of the international set-up back in 2019, Muller forced his way back into their plans before Euro 2020 after adapting his domestic role.Thanks to his deeper, more creative style, Muller is one of the foremost goal creators in European football, and could provide either Newcastle or Everton with the quality needed to fire them up the table.German outlet SPORTBILD reports news of the interest in Muller from Newcastle and Everton, who has registered 18 assists across just 20 Bundesliga outings so far this season while grabbing six goals of his own.Those numbers come after Muller scored 11 goals and added 21 assists on Bayern's route to a ninth consecutive league title last season, with the same amount of assists and eight goals the campaign before.Despite remaining a key player following the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann, he is approaching the final year of his contract - and might well fancy a challenge in England.Would Muller choose Newcastle over Everton? Give us your thoughts in the comments sectionWith Newcastle desperate to add to the signings of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood to try and boost their survival chances under Eddie Howe, Everton are looking to stay away from the bottom three as they look to appoint a new manager.With Vitor Pereira being distanced from the role after talks, former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has emerged as a possible
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Seven best players to be relegated from Premier League as Newcastle's new boys face drop
Newcastle United are relegated from the Premier League this season, it would be one of the biggest shocks in the league's illustrious history.The Magpies were the subject of a £305million Saudi-funded takeover back in November and their new owners boast a reported worth 10 times greater than that of Manchester City's.With Mike Ashley finally ousted from the club, the change of hands was met with unanimous rejoice in the north east, however, the Toon's faithful have been given a new cause for concern in the months since.Despite their billions in the bank, Newcastle have mustered one solitary win in the Premier League all season and, with a mere 12 points on the board, face the very real prospect over dropping out of the big time.Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have already been recruited in mega-money moves this month and many more high-profile names could be on the way over the next few weeks.With Newcastle's potentially star-studded squad on the brink, Daily Star Sport takes a look at some of the greatest ever players to have been relegated from the Premier League.Who is the best player to ever have been relegated from the Premier League? Let us know in the comments section...So accustomed to Premier League highs having won the title on seven occasions and cemented his status as one of the division's greatest ever captains, Roy Keane once experienced the ultimate low of relegation.At Nottingham Forest in the early 1990s, a youthful Keane was one of the most promising youngsters in world football but, despite his best efforts, failed to keep a side managed by Brian Clough in the Premier League during its inaugural season.The fiery midfielder, who did his talking both on and off the pitch, even made the PFA Team of the
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