Manchester City vs Everton Review : Guardiola’s City put up a neat performance at the Etihad

Manchester City put up another brave performance on Sunday as they handed a 3-0 defeat to Everton. Raheem Sterling, Rodri, and Bernardo Silva found the back of the net for City and, therefore were able to help their side win all three points in their latest league fixture at the Etihad.

The Sky Blues were the better team at home as they showed true solidarity on all fronts of the pitch. Guardiola’s men showed authority from the very first whistle of the game as they caused trouble to the Everton defense.

Raheem Sterling was highly effective in the final third for the hosts and had come close to breaking the deadlock within the first 15 minutes of the game. On the cusp of half-time, Sterling was set up by an exquisite pass by his teammate Joao Cancelo, which was later converted by the English forward.

Trailing 1-0 at the Etihad, Rafa Benitez’s side were desperate to add an equalizer. The visitors started the second half poorly and were punished for their lethargic approach. In the 55th minute, Rodri scored a stunning goal as he unleashed a 25-yard strike past Jordan Pickford to make it 2-0 in favor of the Sky Blues.

In the final quarter of the game, City were handed a third goal after Bernardo Silva converted  Cole Palmer’s deflected shot from close range. On Sunday, Everton’s only positive came in the form of Pickford as the England no.1 pulled off some great saves to prevent further embarrassment at the back.

It was another vigorous performance from Guardiola’s men as they displayed pure strength and quality in all departments. Even with an inexperienced campaigner like Palmer, City looked calm and controlled in their attacking front. Sterling’s presence, too, played an important role as the forward was able to threaten the Everton backline with his timed runs and swift pace.

After the final whistle, Manchester City were able to own all three points from this vital fixture and are now back to second place in the table, meaning that they are now only three points behind Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.