Manchester City went top of the league last night with a crucial 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
It took a set-piece to break the deadlock, not one of City’s specialties, but an area a former Everton player has helped the squad out with.
Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola credited assistant coach Mikel Arteta for working on set-pieces in training, with his advice helping to make up for a lack of height in the squad.
“We are not the tallest team in the world so we don’t expect to score from set-pieces but Mikel Arteta works a lot on them,” said Pep. “Many decisions could be better, but that is my job to analyse those.”
Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score after Sergio Aguero’s run of goals came to an end. Having two strikers in good form is a blessing Pep is fully aware of.
“Gabriel Jesus has scored nine goals in a short time and Sergio got three at the weekend – it is important to have two good strikers. I am so satisfied, we have a game every three days for three months.”
City have come back remarkably well after it looked like the title could be out of reach. Liverpool have a game in hand, which means they still have an advantage, but City’s position at the top of the league speaks a lot of the spirit in the squad.
Pep said: “I don’t know how far we will get, maybe we will die in the road, but we are trying. We have played one more game than Liverpool. It’s good to be top but Liverpool have a game at Old Trafford.
“I don’t think too much about that but four or five days ago we could have been seven points behind – it is a lesson to never give up.
“We have an incredible test on Sunday against Chelsea.”