Carlo Ancelotti drilled Everton to protect, frustrate and counter Manchester City, and the Premier League leaders dismissed the task with contemptuous ease in line with their previous 16 assignments.
With another demonstration of their vast dominance, City cruised 10 points clear at the summit. At present, no title race exists. It’s like a procession.
The objective of Bernardo Silva, they are third in a convincing win, encapsulated the quality and trust oozing through the ranks of the City. Before driving low through Jordan Pickford’s desperate dive, an incisive one-touch move involving Rodri, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus allowed the Portugal international to round Michael Keane.
At that moment, City was a blur of movement and penetration, Everton statuesque en route in succession to a third home league loss.
It was a result of the entire game, with City completing 753 passes to the 306 of the hosts and the Everton player who made the most with 44 was their goalkeeper. In all competitions for City, it was also a goal that sealed a 12th consecutive league win and 17th consecutive win, plus a small slice of history. They have become the first team to win their opening 10 matches in a calendar year in top-flight history.
That United previously held the record along with Bolton, respectively, from 2009 and 1906, will add a little more importance to City’s achievement. “That’s nice,” Pep Guardiola said of the new record for his side. “But football is not waiting. We’re celebrating tonight and we’re dreaming about Arsenal tomorrow.
A daunting fixture list was lamented by the City manager: “It is better not to look at the timetable because you get depressed,” he said, but his relentless outlook is mirrored in his players. Goodison Park is always a difficult place to come, as he said, but we displayed incredible attitude. We’ve had a lot of wins in a row, but they still have the drive to want more.
As he walked across the pitch and into a lengthy, animated talk with the Italian before kick-off, Guardiola doffed his beanie hat to Ancelotti.
There was no regard for his players. After four games out with a rib injury, João Cancelo, a left back-come-central midfielder, forced an early save from Pickford upon his return to the side.
When Yerry Mina was forced off with a calf injury that will hold him out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby, Everton suffered a fast setback. After lengthy treatment, the defender tried to play on. Rodri dispossessed Tom Davies when Mina did so and lofted an enticing ball for Gabriel Jesus over the Everton defense.
Under pressure from Keane, but with just Pickford to beat, the Brazilian blazed over. Seamus Coleman, who had quite an impact, instantly substituted the Colombian defender.