The resurgence of John Stones continued on Sunday as he scored twice in a 4-0 win in opposition to Crystal Palace, with Kevin De Bruyne registering his a hundredth Manchester City help.
Crystal Palace have been unbeaten of their final two visits to The Etihad, however Man City have been in management all through and took the lead with a milestone purpose. De Bruyne nabbed his century of assists when Stones (26) nodded residence his first Premier League purpose for the membership.
Man City added one other shortly after the break with a sensational strike from Ilkay Gundogan (56), earlier than Stones (68) slotted residence his second of the night after Vicente Guaita had initially saved Ruben Dias’ header in his first-ever Premier League double.
Raheem Sterling (88) rounded off the victory late on with a elegant free-kick as Man City prolonged their successful run to 5 Premier League video games.
It was the proper method for Pep Guardiola to mark his fiftieth birthday on Monday as Man City leapfrog Tottenham, Liverpool – who drew 0-0 with Manchester United earlier within the day – and Leicester into second, two factors behind United with a recreation in hand. Crystal Palace stay in thirteenth and didn’t have a shot on track.
How Man City swept Crystal Palace away
The opening 25 minutes have been reasonably quiet by all accounts with Man City seeing some half probabilities and Crystal Palace doing properly in assault, even with out star man Wilfried Zaha.
The hosts noticed the primary actual opening as Sterling drove ahead after some poor management from Joel Ward and performed in De Bruyne on his left, however his squared cross was seen away by Ward.
A minute later and Man City took the lead. De Bruyne’s preliminary nook was cleared by Luka Milivojevic, however solely so far as Sterling. He then picked out the Belgian once more on the fitting wing, who lofted a beautiful cross into the world, which was nodded residence emphatically by Stones.
It was the defender’s first Premier League purpose since April 2015 as De Bruyne registered his landmark Man City help.
Man City: Ederson (5), Walker (6), Dias (7), Stones (8), Zinchenko (6), De Bruyne (8), Fernandinho (7), Gundogan (7), Sterling (7), Silva (7), Jesus (6).
Subs used: Foden (7), Torres (6), Cancelo (6).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (5), Tomkins (6), Cahill (6), Mitchell (6), McArthur (6), McCarthy (6), Milivojevic (7), Townsend (6), Eze (6), Ayew (6).
Subs used: Riedewald (5), Batshuayi (5).
Man of the match: John Stones.
The hosts may have added a second shortly earlier than the break. Bernardo Silva floated a cross into the world, which was headed on by Gundogan. Gabriel Jesus was ready within the center to move residence, however James Tomkins did simply sufficient to place him off, with the ball touchdown safely into Guaita’s palms.
Much like the primary half, the second began reasonably quietly nevertheless it was dropped at life with a shocking purpose from Gundogan. Silva’s nook was cleared by Milivojevic, however Andros Townsend couldn’t maintain the ball underneath his management. Gundogan nipped in to take it, turning around the Crystal Palace man earlier than sending a sensational, curling effort into the far nook.
- Man City made 4 modifications from midweek. Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden dropped to the bench and have been changed by Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
- Crystal Palace have been with out Wilfried Zaha (damage) and Cheikhou Kouyate (private state of affairs) of their matchday squad in three modifications, with Christian Benteke on the bench. Gary Cahill, James McCarthy and Jordan Ayew got here into the XI.
De Bruyne nearly added a purpose to his a hundredth help, however fired simply vast after the hour mark. Jesus tapped the ball into his ft and he was afforded on a regular basis to set himself up, however ended up dragging his effort vast.
But it was the in-kind Stones who added the third after and a nook was the catalyst as soon as once more. Dias nodded De Bruyne’s supply straight at Guaita, however Stones was lurking to fit residence the rebounded ball for his second of the night.
It was one other elegant strike that sealed the victory for Man City within the ultimate throes. Ferran Torres gained a free kick on the fitting fringe of the world and it was a candy strike from Sterling into the highest nook – his first purpose from direct free-kick in his senior profession – to seal a a lot-deserved three factors.
Man of the match – John Stones
It was one other very good efficiency from Man City’s comeback child. He solely had two photographs on track, however they have been each objectives, and properly-taken ones at that. Defenders are recognized for his or her skills within the air, nevertheless it was the Sergio Aguero-esque poachers purpose for his second that was essentially the most spectacular.
He had the best variety of profitable passes – 112 of his 117 made it at a price of 95.7 per cent – and in addition led the best way for touches (120). Let’s additionally not overlook that he helped maintain a clear sheet too in his day job as centre again and helped acquire possession six instances, one fewer than Fernandinho.
Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe stated: “Stones had contributed enormously defensively to City’s recent good run, but his contribution tonight has been all attacking. Two really good goals, lots of touches and he just looks so assured, completely different from the player we’ve seen previously.”
- Manchester City are the primary staff to document 5 consecutive victories within the Premier League in 2020-21, whereas they’re now unbeaten in 9 video games within the competitors (W7 D2).
- John Stones and Ruben Dias have began collectively in 10 video games for Manchester City in all competitions this season, whereas they’ve solely conceded one purpose throughout these 10 fixtures (W9 D1 L0).
- Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has now made 10+ assists in a league season on 5 events whereas enjoying within the high 5 European leagues – since De Bruyne did so for the primary time in 2014-15 whereas enjoying for Wolfsburg, solely Lionel Messi has managed it on as many events as him (additionally 5).
Man City are again in motion on Wednesday once they welcome Aston Villa within the Premier League; kick-off 6pm. They will then journey to Cheltenham within the FA Cup on Saturday. Crystal Palace now have an prolonged break, again in on Tuesday 27 January once they host West Ham; kick-off 6pm.