Manchester City breezed past Everton at Goodison Park to move within one win of the Premier League title. Goals from Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling gave Pep Guardiola’s side a comfortable victory despite a Yannick Bolasie consolation.
Here’s what we learned from a landmark result in Liverpool…
City’s Playmaking Plethora
David Silva’s double-assist today made him the third City player to reach double figures for goals created in the league this season. He joins Kevin De Bruyne (15) and Leroy Sané (11) in achieving the feat- impressive stuff coming from a man dealing with intense personal issues since December.
This also makes City only the third team in Premier League history to see three players record ten or more assists in a single season. With these three creating so much, and Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva on the right flank, there really is no stopping City’s midfield – defences just can’t mark all of them at once.
Goals Apiece for City’s Forwards
At the end of a season driven by youthful talent for City it was fitting to see all three of the starting attackers get on the scoresheet. Sané’s goal was a thing of beauty, a thumping volley to open the scoring from Silva’s inch-perfect cross. The game was as good as won when Sterling slotted home in the first half, reaffirming his status as our second best goal threat after Sergio Aguero.
However, it was particularly satisfying to watch Gabriel Jesus’ performance. Not only did he score his first league goal of the calendar year, the young Brazilian put in an excellent all-round performance, bringing those around him into the game with some of the first-time layoffs he’s getting so good at. Some fans even doubted his potential after the injury he suffered three months ago, but today Jesus got back on track (and just in time for Easter).
A Derby Day to Look Forward To
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard by now that this victory gives Manchester City the opportunity to secure the Premier League title against Manchester United next Saturday. It won’t be easy, with Jose Mourinho likely to do whatever is necessary to stop City’s sensational attack, but we’re certainly capable of winning.
Even though the trophy has long since been a foregone conclusion, most City fans can probably agree that there would be something extra special about the chance to seal the deal against United at the Etihad. You can bet that Vincent Kompany would agree – and I’m sure we all want the opportunity to see our captain lift that coveted trophy once again.