Even without the ailing and recently so strong Ilkay Gündogan, Manchester City is clearly on course for its seventh English championship.
At Everton, the Skyblues won 3-1 (1-1) in a catch-up game on matchday 16 and now lead the table in the Premier League by ten points over city rivals Manchester United and Leicester City.
Phil Foden (32nd), Riyad Mahrez (63rd) and Bernardo Silva (77th) secured the 17th consecutive competitive win for City. The formidable and recently dangerous midfielder Gündogan had to pass due to groin problems.
On Twitter, however, he was “confident that he will soon be back in team training”. Everton had come to the interim compensation through Richarlison (37th). Tipping the City-Waage was the bottom line for the confidently playing guests from Manchester, a stroke of genius by Mahrez after a good hour.
The 29-year-old Algerian hit the ball on the edge of the penalty area and slid the game device onto the left inner post and from there into the net. Bernardo Silva put the lid on – also with a long-range shot. Next Sunday the Skyblues at Arsenal FC will continue (5.30 p.m.).
Premier League table: ManCity is ahead of the game
|5.||West Ham United||24||37:28||9||42|
|16.||Brighton & Hove Albion||24||25:30||-5||26|
|19.||West Bromwich Albion||24||19:55||-36||13|