Manchester City did not have to force his talent. This Sunday, the Citizens disposed of Everton (3-0), during the 12th day of the Premier League. At the Etihad Stadium, Raheem Sterling (44th) and Rodri (55th) put on a show, with two magnificent goals, before Bernardo Silva (86th) aggravated the score. In the English Championship standings, Pep Guardiola’s men move up to second place three points behind Chelsea, while the Toffees remain eleventh.
This Sunday, Raheem Sterling made his 300th Premier League appearance. At 26 years and 348 days old, he is the fourth youngest player to reach this total in the elite, and the youngest since James Milner in April 2012 (26 years and 117 days), also for Manchester City. Obviously eager to celebrate it as it should, the Mancunian found the gloves of Jordan Pickford, for the first time at the half-hour mark, after a dangerous first attempt by Cole Palmer (30th).
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If the number 7 then believed to get a penalty, finally canceled by the referee after consulting the VAR (36th), he finally found the loophole, for his second goal this season in the Premier League, on a marvel of Joao Cancelo’s opening from the outside of the right foot (44th, 1-0). The full-back delivered his sixth assist of the season in 18 appearances for Manchester City, as many as he produced in his first two seasons with the club in all competitions (six in 76 appearances).
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After a spectacular first goal in the construction, the many supporters present in the Etihad Stadium were then able to admire an equally spectacular second, but this time in the finish. At the baton, Rodri, who, with a powerful strike from the right, lodged his ball full skylight (55th, 2-0).
Gündogan had also found the bar
As for the third, scored by Bernardo Silva, it was not as spectacular as the previous two, but it still allows Manchester City to heal its statistics (86th, 3-0). The Portuguese are involved in 50 Premier League goals for Manchester City (25 goals, 25 assists) and have scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March 2018.
The score could have been heavier, if Jordan Pickford had not already won in front of the Portuguese, before being very happy to see the head of Ilkay Gündogan hit the crossbar (28th). In the second act, the English international goalkeeper then also interposed on a direct free kick from Riyad Mahrez (70th). His counterpart, Ederson, spent a much quieter afternoon, and only had to intervene in front of Andros Townsend (45th + 3) then against Seamus Coleman (77th). Currently in great difficulty, Everton has not won in the Premier League since September 25 (2-0 against Norwich).
Manchester City, for their part, have conceded just six goals in twelve Premier League appearances this season, their second-lowest total at this point in a league campaign, after 2018-19 (5), when the club won his second Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. Nothing better before the big shock against PSG, in the Champions League, Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.
Manchester City, exultation
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