Record slayers Manchester City recorded their 27th win of the season after a splendid attacking display demolished Merseyside outfit Everton 3-1 away at the Goodison Park on Saturday. With this crucial win which now equates to just three more points to lift the trophy, City next welcome local rivals and 2nd placed Manchester United which could mean the Blues could actually be declared the champions next week.
With this win on Sunday, City are only the third club in the English top flight to have ever defeated all other teams in the league, a feat previously achieved only by Chelsea in 2005/06 and Manchester United in the 2010/11 season. Manchester City also have the best average points per match among the top 5 leagues in Europe (PL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Calcio), the second being PSG.
As the rampaging City side next face stern opponents Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League quarters, here’s a look back at some of the talking points of yesterday’s crunch encounter:
●Silva’s magic too much for the Toffees:
The Spanish midfielder yesterday showed just why he is the nucleus to Guardiola’s midfield prowess. The 31-year old did a brilliant job in the build-up plays and made two beautiful assists to Sane in the 4th minute and Sterling just before the 40th minute. Silva was too difficult to man-mark during the game and hence found space to execute his runs into the box which caused all sorts of trouble for the opposition.
●City’s front three strike hard:
It was the front three on the score-sheet for City as Sane opened the score followed by a juicy cross headed into the net by Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus in the 12th minute. Jesus was injury laden since a couple of months and made his second start in the league since being injured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve. City’s third goal was scored by winger Raheem Sterling as the English international now has 16 goals in the league.
●Everton’s next hurdle:
After winning their last two matches in the league, Everton next face high-flying Liverpool and its sure the manager would be thinking hard how to approach such a big derby match after the drubbing yesterday. The Everton players looked tired and too lethargic to press the incoming City attacks and leaked early goals which cut off any chance of a comeback. However after the Liverpool clash, they have a string of winnable matches on their hands which could very well prove to be a big boost for Big Sam.
●Terrific Sane the man to watch:
Leroy Sane pulled off yet another match-winning performance yesterday as the 22-year old German speedster scored a world class volley off Silva’s ball and beautifully crafted the second after his cheeky pass to De Bruyne following his brilliant control of Ederson’s long ball was disposed of clinically to Jesus who then doubled the scoreline for City. The left winger will definitely be in Guardiola’s plans for the all-important Liverpool clash this week after his recent form.
●Bolasie’s goal a consolation:
A tired and lifeless display by Everton was however rewarded with a consolation goal after Yannick Bolasie’s grounded effort was misread by Ederson and the ball found its way in the back of the back after hitting the post. Bolasie has had a rough run this season and the goal was the winger’s first league goal this season. The 28-year old would however be hoping to carry on his form to the Liverpool clash next weekend and cement his place in the starting XI.