Manchester City swept aside Everton at the weekend with the match won by half-time when the Blues took a three-goal lead into the break.
Although the second half was something of a non-event, in the first half we witnessed some of the most astonishing football yet from Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking champions-elect.
One of the conductors of the City side, Kevin De Bruyne, tried to describe the level City were playing at in the first half at Goodison Park.
“How to describe it? You feel in control. You feel like everything that is happening, you have power over… offensively, defensively. You know that you are in control,” De Bruyne said.
“The first half especially was the best football we have played this season. I don’t know how to say it. Here, the first half especially, was something different, another level.
“They didn’t know what to do. We controlled it so much, they didn’t know whether to press us, whether to stay, and it was something in-between in the end.
“You could see it in their faces in the first half that they don’t know what is happening… and that’s why you feel in so much control I guess, when you see it on their faces.”
City are known to struggle at Goodison and in perhaps the lowlight of Guardiola’s first season in charge, they were beaten 4-0 there. This season, with over 82% of the possession, they had no such troubles and continued to play at a level never before seen at the club.
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