Manchester City are now 10 points ahead of the pack in the Premier League thanks to the goals scored in the second half by Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva to secure a 3-1 win at Everton on Thursday. Waiting for the next EPL live fixtures to play? Don’t miss out with tons of rewards being given at 12BET! Hurry and get that 100% Signup Bonus!
This match should have been played in December from the EPL fixtures schedule, but was postponed at short notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the City camp.
City faced Everton without star midfielder Ilkay Gundoga due to his groin injury, but players from their bench filled their needs, wherein Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Fernandinho also get into full fitness.
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A 17th straight win across all competitions for City — including 12 in a row in the EPL league — yet it didn’t looked much a clear-cut after Richarlison evened out the score to 1-1 after Phil Foden’s opener for City before the break. It was only the second time in the last nine league games City has failed to keep a clean sheet.
However, Mahrez pushed the lead for City in the 63rd minute as he cut in from the right and bent the ball in off the far post. Silva scored after with a similar strike in the 77th-minute, also drifting in from the right and took the shot low past Jordan Pickford.
Portugal playmaker Bernardo has been back to his best this season and, paired with Foden, gives Pep Guardiola another alternative from a number of attacking positions.
The Catalan coach will need his full squad if they are to attack the four competitions they remain in, and a tight fixture schedule means that any kind of deep run in the Champions League guarantees a challenging two-games-a-week calendar until the end of the season.
“Gundogan is an exceptional player but if you want to win titles or being there until the end we need all the squad,” Guardiola said post-match.
“What I am impressed again the most is the solidarity of the guys who didn’t’ play – Ben [Mendy], John [Stones], Oleks [Zinchenko], Fernandinho, everyone is an incredible part of this.
“We have a terrible schedule, we have an incredible schedule ahead. We have Wolves and Southampton when we expected long weeks. We don’t have a long week all season and everyone is going to be involved. We need everyone.”
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