The Etihad Stadium
FA Premier League
26/03/2019 12:30 pm
Referee: Craig Pawson of South Yorkshire
|Gabriel Jesus (22', 50'), Sterling (69')||Calvert-Lewin (65')|
|31 Ederson||1 Jordan Pickford|
|2 Kyle Walker||23 Seamus Coleman||Walcott 57'|
|30 Nicolas Otamendi||5 Kurt Zouma|
|14 Aymeric Laporte||4 Michael Keane|
|18 Fabian Delph||13 Yerry Mina|
|20 Bernardo Silva||12 Lucas Digne|
|25 Fernandinho||30 Richarlison|
|8 Ilkay Gündogan||10 Gylfi Sigurdsson||Davies 81'|
|26 Riyad Mahrez||De Bruyne 75'||8 André Gomes|
|33 Gabriel Jesus||20 Bernard||Lookman 57'|
|19 Leroy Sané||Sterling 66'||29 Dominic Calvert-Lewin|
|5 John Stones||3 Leighton Baines|
|7 Raheem Sterling||11 Theo Walcott|
|10 Sergio Agüero||14 Cenk Tosun|
|17 Kevin De Bruyne||18 Morgan Schneiderlin|
|35 Oleks Zinchenko||22 Maarten Stekelenburg|
|47 Philip Foden||26 Tom Davies|
|49 Aro Muric||31 Ademola Lookman|
Johnny On The Spot: #BACK ON TRACK. This crucial win at the end of a difficult week was played out in awful weather conditions. Ice Station Etihad shipped sleet, freezing rain and wind but witnessed another exciting contest as City continue to ride out a tricky injury crisis. Pep Guardiola pointed out this week that the key to the champions success last season was how his mentally robust squad were able to construct winning runs after any setback.
Marco Silva set up his uncompromising Everton side rather as he did when nullifying Klippity Klopp’s Boys Band at Anfield with 5 men across the back from the first whistle but found his effective stretched in all directions by the champions who prompted relentlessly by Ilkay Lampard’s awareness found themselves comfortably 2-0 to the good by the hour mark wherearound that time Silva abandoned his defence first approach and threw two more strikers at it. He was rewarded with the toffees exploiting momentarily poor defensive composure to pull a goal back only to see City’s strong character deliver another riposte through Raz Sterling.
Gabriel Jesus’ opener of his brace was his first in the Premier League since August, ending a run of 11 games, 487 minutes and 18 shots without one. City have never lost a Premier League game that the kid from Brazil has scored in. Jesus, whose industrious work rate is consistently second to none is clearly benefitting from an extended run in the side. Gündogan, a big confidence player is also running into threatening form, particularly at dead ball situations from which City are increasingly carrying more of a threat.
Everton were more combative in the second half but found that the centurions were also ready to mix it as required whilst their pace, communication and execution in all areas ensured an ultimately comfortable win for a City side not only well versed in game management, but now also injury management.