Everton complicates the great goal of the season. Manchester City looked much better at Goodison Park winning on all lines and controlling the game with possession and pressure from the 2-3-5 scheme, which continues to be Pep Guardiola’s great weapon.
At the start of the match, Ancelotti decided on the starting XI by Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Rodríguez was the alternative and entered the second half at minute 67. Everton also lost one of their best men to injury. Yerry Mina could only be on the field for 18 minutes.
Everton resists pressure from City
From the start of the game, Manchester City pressed and warned at minute 1 with a mid-distance shot from Cancelo that Pickford saved in a great way. Those led by Guardiola always drowned Everton with possession and many men in attack looking for surprise and spaces.
At minute 15 came bad news for Everton. Yerry Mina, who was controlling that pressure from City, felt a discomfort in the soleus of the right leg and had to be replaced by Coleman. The Toffee couldn’t get to Ederson’s bow clearly.
At the insistence and possession of City, the first came in at minute 31. Mahrez’s center, Keane rejected the ball, but Foden, again with a great game, grabbed the rebound and shot a powerful right to beat Pickford.
Five minutes later, Everton reacted and achieved the tie with a great team play. Coleman reached the bottom, punctured the ball in the area for Digne who finished at the far post, the rebound was grabbed by Richarlison who ended up pushing it.
Manchester City dance in the complementary part
City decided to go out with the same pressure, but trying more than half distance. At 60 ‘Rodri had the second with a header to the ground that went very close to Pickford’s goal. Two minutes later, they were able to make it 0-2. Mahrez went from the outside to the inside and received the pass from Bernardo Silva, the Algerian finished off with his left foot and beat the Everton goalkeeper. Great goal and joy from Guardiola.
At minute 67, Carlo Ancelotti decided to move the team and he sent James Rodríguez and King to the field. The Colombian tried to associate and break the defensive lines, but City always had the ball. At 76 ‘came the third, a great goal from Bernardo Silva. Great team play. The Portuguese shortly associated with Mahrez and hooked inside to send her to the back of the net.
In the final minutes, the Premier League leader handled the ball to his accommodation and was even able to increase the score. With this defeat, Everton remains with 37 points and begins to move away from the goal of qualifying for Europe. City continues to increase its difference reaching 56 points.
On the next date, Everton will go to Anfield to play against Liverpool, while Guardiola’s men will visit Arsenal. Great matches.
Coleman (17 ‘, Yerry Mina), King (68′, Alex Iwobi), James (68′, Thomas Davies), De Bruyne (79′, Sterling), Fernandinho (90′, Rodrigo)
0-1, 31′: Foden, 1-1, 36′: Richarlison, 1-2, 62′: Mahrez, 1-3, 76′: Bernardo silva
Arbitro: Andre Marriner
Arbitro VAR: Simon Hooper
Doucouré (27 ‘, Yellow) Richarlison (44 ‘, Yellow) Sterling (66 ‘, Yellow