Manchester City comfortably beat Rafael Benítez’s Everton by 3-0 in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday.
The story of the game was quite predictable as the host dominated the possession and played their trademark passing football. And on the other hand, the visitors tried to stay compact and play on the transition.
The Citizens eventually broke the deadlock on the 44th-minute mark thanks to Raheem Sterling’s precise finishing. Pep Guardiola’s side scored two more goals in the second half courtesy of Rodrigo Hernández and Bernardo Silva and sealed the fate of the game.
Manchester City 3-0 Everton:
After a great win, Manchester City closed the gap at the top and moved up to second place with 26 points from 12 games. On the other hand, the Toffees are currently sitting 11th in the league with 15 points in 12 games.
Following this defeat, Everton has now lost their last eight consecutive Premier League games against the Citizens. On the other hand, The reigning Champions have now scored three or more goals on 58 occasions in the league under Pep Guardiola 10+ than the second-placed Liverpool during this period.
After the game, speaking on the club’s website, the Manchester City boss was delighted with his team’s performance and said:
“It was good before the international break and it was good after the break. We handled the moments in the game. I’m so satisfied with the performance after the international break. We were really good and I’m very pleased.The last time we played against Rafa with Newcastle, we always struggled a lot. We won by a small margin.
“Rafa is a master of the moments defensively, with a team that doesn’t want to attack, just defend, defend, defend and wait for the counter-attack with Gray and Richarlison. We made a lot of passes and at the right moment attacked them and when we lost the ball were good in transition. Now we focus on Wednesday and then after that, West Ham. We don’t stop and we will see our level at the end of the season. We are not top but we are not far away.”
The upcoming fixtures for both teams:
Manchester City will welcome Paris Saint-Germain in their next game in the Champions League on Wednesday night and Everton will travel to London to face Brentford on Sunday.