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Everton 1-3 Manchester City: 5 Talking Points

Manchester City were at their dominant best once again against Everton and are now just a win away from lifting the league title.

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Top 5 / Top 10 01 Apr 2018, 15:16 IST
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First-half goals from Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling helped seal a comfortable away victory for Manchester City - who can now secure this season's Premier League title with a win over local rivals United next weekend. 

Yannick Bolasie, who missed a golden opportunity in the first-half, reduced arrears somewhat after the interval but Everton were punished for a slow, pedestrian start to proceedings and Pep Guardiola's men have momentum ahead of a tricky Champions League encounter with Liverpool in midweek. 

Here are 5 things we learned from City's routine victory on Merseyside. 


#5 Toffees fail to do their homework

Baines was one of few Everton players who worked hard throughout as City were comfortable
Baines was one of few Everton players who worked hard throughout as City cruised to victory

It was clear to see from the opening exchanges that the hosts had struggled to do their homework - adapting to Manchester City's free-flowing attack while attempting to thwart it in the best way possible.

Instead, they allowed players like Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva far too much space to do what they do best: pull the strings and consequently create goal-scoring opportunities with seeming ease.

The gap between their backline and the defensive-midfield pairing of Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin was worrying in itself and while Sam Allardyce's initial plan may have been thrown out of the window following Sané's early strike, his side did not deal with the goal well enough to justify a genuine comeback in truth.

Even in Idrissa Gueye's absence, their midfield was not energetic nor intense enough to effectively deal with City's attack-heavy tactics - instead, they allowed them to dominate possession and chances aplenty, making it even harder to counter their opponents as a result.

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