Manchester City stormed to the highest of the Premier League on Tuesday with a 5-Zero demolition of West Brom to increase their successful streak to 11 video games. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice, whereas Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling have been additionally heading in the right direction as Pep Guardiola’s males moved a degree forward of native rivals Manchester United on the high of the desk. “Good result, in general a good performance and three more points,” mentioned a happy Guardiola. United can transfer again in entrance after they host bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Wednesday, however on the proof of current weeks City will take some stopping if they’re to be denied a 3rd title in 4 years.
Liverpool and City have battled for Premier League supremacy over the previous three seasons.
But Liverpool’s five-game winless league run has allowed City to open up a seven-point lead over the champions.
The Baggies have been the final aspect to take factors off the leaders with a shock 1-1 draw on the Etihad final month that also was not sufficient to avoid wasting Slaven Bilic from the sack.
However, the appointment of Sam Allardyce has thus far finished little to spice up West Brom’s probabilities of survival as they continue to be second from backside, six factors off security.
In 4 dwelling video games for the reason that former England supervisor took cost, West Brom have conceded 17 objectives with out reply.
City made gentle of the absence of Kevin De Bruyne with the Belgian anticipated to be out for at the very least a month resulting from a hamstring damage.
Phil Foden was denied by a superb save by Sam Johnstone even earlier than Gundogan opened the floodgates on six minutes.
– Golden Gundogan –
The German has already established himself as City’s main goalscoring menace from midfield in current weeks and his sky-high confidence was on present with a curled end into the far nook from the sting of the realm.
“When he plays close to the box, he has that sense to make good runs to the box,” added Guardiola. “The quality with the ball was always there.”
Allardyce’s males had a tricky sufficient job to discover a route again into the sport towards a aspect which have now saved 14 clear sheets of their final 18 video games with out an error from the officers aiding the guests’ trigger.
Assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis wrongly flagged Bernardo Silva for offside and a few West Brom defenders stopped earlier than Cancelo bent dwelling his first Premier League aim.
However, VAR confirmed Silva was onside and the aim stood.
Gundogan made and scored the third himself by robbing the ball simply exterior the field after which steering dwelling his seventh aim in eight league video games.
Mahrez made it 4-Zero earlier than the break with a thumping end after chopping inside onto his favoured left foot.
The Algerian then turned supplier by unselfishly squaring for Sterling to faucet dwelling early within the second half.
Guardiola might afford the luxurious of creating all three substitutions earlier than the hour mark as Gundogan, Foden and Silva have been handed a relaxation.
And City took their foot off the gasoline within the closing half hour to preserve their power with many more durable challenges to come back as they try and win an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season.
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