Manchester City looked absolutely back at their best with a resounding win over Crystal Palace.
For all of Manchester City’s early-season struggles, which would have left them completely out of Premier League title races of year’s past, the team has roared back to life and continued their electric form with a massive win over Crystal Palace.
Given that the South London outfit were unbeaten in their last two matches at the Etihad Stadium, City had reason for concern that they would need to be at their very best in order to get the result, but they absolutely delivered once again.
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John Stones opened the scoring with his first league goal for the club on a stunning cross from Kevin De Bruyne, followed by an absolute wonder goal from the resurgent İlkay Gündoğan, who is playing the best football of his career in a City shirt. Then, against all odds, Stones fired home a rebound for his second of the match to put the game beyond all doubt. With the match all but over, Raheem Sterling struck a world-class free-kick to put the icing on the cake.
Following the high-profile 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Man United, City are suddenly up to second in the table, and just two points behind United with a game in hand. For all of City’s problems at the beginning of the season, Liverpool’s struggles left the door open, and City have taken full advantage, racking up their eighth straight win across all competitions.
If the Liverpool of 2018-19 or 2019-20 had returned this season, City would have next to no shot at the title, but given the lowered bar of this year, the Citizens are suddenly the prohibitive favorites. They have combined great performances with results and Pep Guardiola’s side looks right back on track to achieve something incredible this season.