5 TALKING POINTS! Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus And Raheem Sterling Net As City Run Riot Again!!!

5 TALKING POINTS! Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus And Raheem Sterling Net As City Run Riot Again!!!

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It is fitting the fizz has been put on ice after this fine victory by Manchester City at Goodison, because this truly was champagne football of the highest order.

Many gnarled veterans of City’s incredible season dared to suggest their first half demolition of Everton was the best they have played this season…and there has been much to compare.

Certainly, it was effervescent the incredible luxury brand that David Silva producing a quite stunning individual display to set up what every City fan is so desperate to see – to chance to win the title against Manchester United next week.

They took the lead through a brilliant volley from Sane after Silva’s delicate control and pass on just four minutes, and from there – until they took their foot off the gas in the second half – it was a majestic stroll.

Jesus added a second on 12 minutes when Sane produced a brilliant piece of skill in the middle of the park to all de Bruyne to feed the pass, and then Silva’s break allowed Raheem Sterling to add a third before the interval.

Everton were over-run in midfield and out of ideas, but rallied after the break when the took advantage of their opponents easing off as they looked towards the midweek Champions’ League clash with Liverpool, as Yannick Bolasie squeezed one in from the edge of the box.

Here, our reporter David Maddock looks at some of the key issues from the game.

1. Everton’s midfield

Let’s get this straight, there was probably little Everton could do to stop this rout, because City are THAT good at the moment.

But c’mon. Playing a two man midfield against them, with Wayne Rooney as one of the holding players?

That was inviting opprobrium. You felt for the Blues veteran as he chased shadows throughout the first half, watching Morgan Schneiderlin make himself dizzy running in ever smaller circles.

It was painful to watch.

2. Silva and De Bruyne

Mind you, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne hardly need the sort of space Everton offered, nay delivered on a silver platter.

The two are just a joy to watch, their movement, their radar for finding space so finely calibrated that they could probably lose a marker in a lift.

Silva was a joy here, with City icon Sean Goater suggesting on twitter he’d pay to watch the Spaniard warm up. That just about sums it up

3. City on Merseyside

Victory was assured after just 12 minutes of this non-contest, yet if it seemed inevitable, then the stats said otherwise.

City hadn’t beaten Everton in their last four meetings, and in fact, before today had won just three times in their last 31 visits to Merseyside.

Yes, that’s right. A 10 per cent win ratio in the city of Liverpool.

So – given there just happens to be a slightly big game coming up in this city on Wednesday night – it was important Pep Guardiola’s team get that hoodoo out of the way. They did, emphatically.

4. City vs the top six

It means City will be the Champions by becoming only the fourth team in history to win the league by beating every single one of their rivals along the way to the title.

The others? Well both Chelsea and Manchester United did it in the Premier League era, and one team have done it twice in the old football league.

Which one?

Everton! They did it in 1969-70 when Howard Kendall was striding through midfield, and then in 1984-85 when he was manager. It seems somehow fitting City achieved the same feat here at Goodison.

5. Title winners next week

It means – of course – that Guardiola’s team will be crowned Champions next week should they beat their most hated rivals Manchester United at the Etihad next weekend, a prospect that skipper Vincent Kompany suggested is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

Yet if one man knows how painful that will be for United, it’s Jose Mourinho.

And if there is one man who is designed to spoil the party, it is him. United won’t try to win next weekend, but they will try desperately not to lose. Brace yourself for a 10 man blanket defence, and about 25 per cent possession from the visitors.

And a 0-0? You wouldn’t put it past him.

Silva, and his midfield side kick Kevin De Bruyne were truly exceptional, as was the irrepressible Leroy Sane, with the visitors almost scoring at will in the first half.


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