Manchester City extended their winning streak to 11 matches with a 5–0 demolition of West Brom to top Premier Brom on Tuesday. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice, while João Canso, Riyad Mahrez and Rahim Sterling were also on target as Pep Guardiola’s men were one point ahead of local rivals Manchester United at the top of the table. “Good result, a good performance in general and three more points,” said a satisfied Guardiola. United may appear after hosting Sheffield United on Wednesday, but based on evidence from recent weeks City will face some hurdles if they are to be denied a third title in four years.
Liverpool and City have battled for Premier League supremacy over the past three seasons.
But Liverpool’s five-game winning league run allowed City to take a seven-point lead over the Champions.
The Buggies were the last side in Etihad last month to give the leaders points with a 1–1 draw that were still not enough to save Slaven Bilic from the sack.
However, the appointment of Sam Allardyce has done little so far to reduce West Brom’s chances of survival as they remain second from the bottom, six points away from safety.
In four home games since taking over as the former England manager, West Brom have scored 17 goals without reply.
Citi highlighted the absence of Kevin de Bruin in which Belgium were expected to be out for at least a month due to a hamstring injury.
Phil Foden was denied a superb save by Sam Johnstone, before Gundogan opened the floodplains on six minutes.
– Golden Gundogan –
The German has already established himself as the city’s leading goalkeeper threat from midfield in recent weeks and his sky-high confidence was with a curved finish from the edge of the field to the far corner.
“When he plays close to the box, he has the feeling of scoring good runs in the box,” Guardiola said. “There was always quality with the ball.”
Allardyes ‘men had a tough task to find back in the game against a side that has now held 14 clean sheets in their final 18 matches without error from the officials’ visitors.
Assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis wrongly flagged Bernardo Silva for offside and some West Brom defenders stopped Canso before scoring his first Premier League goal.
However, VAR showed that Silva was ahead and stood round.
Gundogan made himself the third goal by robbing the ball right out of the box, scoring his seventh goal in eight league matches.
Mahrez made it 4–0 before the break with a throwing finish after cutting in on his favorite left foot.
The Algerian switched provider to Sterling, having paid selflessly to go out of the house early in the second half.
Guardiola could afford the luxury of making all three replacements before Gundogan, Foden and Silva were rested.
And City set their foot in the final half-hour to conserve their energy, with a number of tough challenges to save their energy as they attempt to secure an unprecedented victory over the trophies this season.
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