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Everton 1-3 Manchester City: 5 talking points as Cityzens go 10 clear at the top | Premier League 2020-21

Joshua Ojele
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Modified 18 Feb 2021
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#3 Manchester City thrive without star men

Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League
Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League

Manchester City confirmed their status as the best side in the league, enjoying a comfortable win at Everton without the services of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan; the duo is atop the league assists and goalscoring charts respectively for the club this season.

Gundogan has soared to new heights for Manchester City this campaign. The German had to come off in the game against Tottenham Hotspur despite scoring two goals.

De Bruyne, meanwhile, made his return, coming on for the final ten minutes of the game at Goodison Park for his first appearance in four weeks.


#2 Everton fail to make up ground on struggling Liverpool

Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League
Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League

With the next Merseyside derby coming up on Saturday, for the first time in recent seasons, Everton find their struggling rivals in close proximity in the league table.

Everton had the chance to go level on points with their arch-rivals, but failed to do so with a disappointing performance on home turf. A victory over Manchester City would have taken them level with struggling Liverpool on 40 points and a game in hand over the Reds.

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Liverpool, on the back of their 2-0 victory at Leipzig in the Champions League, will be brimming with confidence. If Everton's performance against Manchester City is anything to go by, the Toffees could struggle for a positive result at Anfield this weekend.


#1 Premier League champions in the making

Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League
Everton vs Manchester City - Premier League

With their victory at Goodison Park, Manchester City became the first team in the English top flight to win their first 10 games in a calendar year. Their winning run now stretches to 17 in all competitions; they are unbeaten in their last 24.

Pep Guardiola's men began the game on the front foot, and took a deserved lead. Even when they were pegged back, they never looked in danger of giving away the game.

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Manchester City went about their job brimming with confidence and with their usual swagger. They scored two more goals to put Everton to the sword.

With almost every player in the side currently in top form and a winning mentality coursing through the side, it is now a matter of when and not if about Manchester City being crowned champions.

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Published 18 Feb 2021, 10:47 IST
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