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WATCH FOR FREE: Highlights of Manchester City’s Premier League win against Everton

Man City is no longer catching up on the game plan, and with rivals stuttering around them, the rift has been exposed.

Attempting to catch up with this superior team currently seems in vain.

The win at Everton was 17th in a row in all competitions, 12th in the Premier League. The runaway leaders are the first team in the history of the top tier to win the first ten games of a calendar year. They haven’t let up a minute in any of their last 16 Premier League games.

There was no Ilkay Gundogan this time around, and Pep Guardiola felt content enough to leave it late until he got fit again, Kevin De Bruyne, who got into the action with an instant shoulder drop between blue shirts and a precise pass. Fernandinho also made a late cameo while Sergio Aguero watched from the bench. Guardiola was cautious but hopeful about his upcoming off-screen return.

But City’s machine kept going, morphing and finding ways to win. Even though Richarlison equalized and Everton tried hard to frustrate, the result remained inevitable.

Bernardo Silva was an orchestrator here, and his strike summed up the boast: a nifty one-touch affair between Walker, Mahrez, and Jesus that turned moving parts into mannequins.

Guardiola has warned his players not to stick to a busy schedule. Meeting with Arsenal – this weekend in front of the Sky Sports cameras – West Ham and Manchester United as well as a tie in the Champions League against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

But his squad currently handles every challenge with almost contemptuous ease.
Kate Burlaga

Mina Strike increases the size of the Anfield task

Yerry Mina was sent off early with a suspected calf injury

After the lifeless appearance here at Goodison three days ago, it was difficult to spot too many mistakes in Everton’s most recent home game against elected champions Manchester City.

Carlo Ancelotti had tried to control the Fulham affair by putting the extra midfielder in Andre Gomes but his selection failed. With the week ahead it felt like a major loss and a missed opportunity to tie on points with Liverpool ahead of the Merseyside derby, which aired live on Sky Sports on Saturday.

The Italian met Pep Guardiola for the first time on home soil and hit his tactic in a spirited first half, with his side responding well to Phil Foden’s deflected opener. The way Richarlison equalized six minutes later was a bit random, but the goal was confirmed by Ancelotti’s decision to play Lucas Digne higher on the pitch.

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Some sort of reaction from the Fulham debacle has always been likely against superior opponents, against whom Everton have certainly felt more comfortable this season, but the eventual loss on Wednesday also came at a cost.

Everton have been without a Premier League win this season if Yerry Mina has not started yet and the Colombian defender will now miss the trip to Liverpool after sustaining a calf injury in the first half.

“It was really difficult and I think we had good control of the game for an hour – the defense of course,” Ancelotti said afterwards. “Especially the second part of the first half. After they scored the second goal it was almost impossible to come back. Of course you can lose to Man City so you can’t regret it.”

“Yerry had a problem with his calf and I think he won’t be available for the game on Saturday but we hope to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan back.”

It’s another puzzle for the master tactician. With Liverpool giving glimpses of their return to form, the task of ending Everton’s 22-year wait to win at Anfield is equally big, but they’ll bring a lot of confidence with them at Stanley Park, through an undefeated run of seven Playing on the street is generated.

“It will be another game against Liverpool,” added Ancelotti. “We’re on the right track and we believe more. Liverpool are a fantastic team but you never know in football.”
Ben Grounds

A draw could be Fulham’s downfall



WATCH FOR FREE: Highlights of Burnley-Fulham 1-1 Premier League tie

Before the game, Bobby Zamora told Sky Sports how important Fulham’s visit to Burnley was to survival in the Premier League.

Although there were a number of attacking talents early in the game – including Everton goalscorer Josh Maja, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Ademola Lookman – they failed to produce big moments in the first half, and Nick Pope only managed one goal in the second half from Maja from a distance.

“It would always be a different game,” Scott Parker told Sky Sports when asked about the differences between the two performances. “The way Burnley plays, the way the game is, really makes it that way.

“If you get a result here, you are probably not praising the fluidity of your team. You have another side. I felt we fit in very well, but we couldn’t get our identity and our stamp.” in the game.”

And while Fulham did not lose at Turf Moor and is now unbeaten six games, it was also the tenth draw of the season. They missed the chance to significantly fill the gap in Newcastle in 17th place and it’s another game to be put on the ‘what if’ list. Being back at Turf Moor could be an important decision in May.

In the next two games they face Sheffield United and Crystal Palace. It goes without saying that Fulham must score maximum points in both games.
Charlotte Marsh

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