The Canaries bowed out of the Primer League in miserable fashion as they lost 5-0 to former champions Manchester City.
Canaries fans didn’t hesitate to mention their famous 3-2 win from the opening games of the season but the spotlight was firmly back on Man City as they bid a fond farewell to club legend David Silva.
The visitors got off to the best possible start when memories of last season came flooding back to fans. After just three quick passes, Norwich had gone from the sixteen-yard box to the Citizens’ goal much like the Norwich of last season. But last season, The Canaries didn’t have to deal with VAR, which in an instant, had disallowed the goal due to a clear offside.
After that early wake-up call, the Citizens never took their foot off the gas and by half time, it was 2-0 thanks to Gabriel Jesus tap in and a Kevin De Bruyne wonder goal.
Man City’s dominance didn’t come without more threats to Ederson’s pursuit for the Golden Glove. A mixup at the back resulted in Teemu Pukki being one on one with Ederson but the out of form striker couldn’t find the net.
The Citizens got two more after half time before the legendary Spaniard walked off the Etihad turf for the final time and after that, neither team were really giving the game anything but De Bruyne, with his assist record already in the bag, added one more just for luck.
Here’s how we rated the Norwich players after the game.
Tim Krul - 6
Made many impressive saves but often just parried the ball into the path of a Manchester City striker. He couldn’t do much about any of the Citizens goals.
Jamal Lewis - 5
He had the difficult task of dealing with Sterling and his battle ended in defeat. He was easily beaten by the winger for the first goal and looked like he was struggling to communicate with his fellow defenders.
Ben Godfrey - 6
Blocked every shot that came his way and was willing to chuck himself at everything that came. He did keep Sterling onside for the home side’s third goal.
Cristoph Zimmerman - 5
He almost put the ball into his own net trying to get rid of a cross and was to weak on many occasions. Not his best performance.
Max Aarons - 6
Whereas Lewis struggled with Sterling, Aarons kept crosses and shots from the English winger to a premium. Going forward he wasn’t too influential but he journeys forward were rare.
Kenny McLean - 5
He sat very deep and allowed De Bruyne and Silva to have all the time they wanted to cause the Canaries backline havoc.
Lukas Rupp - 6
He played a little deeper than normal but the position didn’t suit him and he struggled to make an impact on the game.
Todd Cantwell - 6
Another one who played below standard, Cantwell didn’t put himself in the shop window for a potential move away from Carrow Road
Marco Steipermann - 7
He looked like the Steipermann of last season and played a crucial part in City’s eventually disallowed goal. He worked his hardest defensively and always got his team up the field.
Onel Hernandez - 7
Another who was a crucial ball carrier, Hernandez wasn’t afraid to take on his man and often beat them. He was unlucky to have his goal chalked off but he didn’t that affect him.
Teemu Pukki - 5
He missed a golden chance to equalise in the first half and apart from that, he was extremely quite.