Excitement has been rekindled on Tyneside in the last 12 months.
Wing-back James rifled home the Blues' final goal in an emphatic 3-0 Stamford Bridge success over the Serie A champions, having set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike following Wesley Fofana's first-half opener. A fine evening for the hosts was marred only by £72million summer signing Fofana limping off due to a first-half knee injury which has left head coach Potter "concerned". "I think Reece is just a fantastic player and he's a young player, so he's developing all the time," said Potter.
Following on from Sunday's hat-trick against Manchester United, Haaland scored City's first two of the night before an own goal from David Khocholava and second-half strikes from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez. Such was City's dominance that Guardiola could withdraw Haaland at half-time after seeing him score his 18th and 19th goals of the season for City. The day had started with reports in Spain that a clause in the 22-year-old's contract would give Real Madrid a free run at signing him as soon as 2024, but Guardiola said there was no truth to the report.