City's strength in depth makes it hard for me - Jesus
Dec 16 2018
After watching his side crash to its first English Premier League defeat at Chelsea last weekend, Pep Guardiola was looking for a positive reaction from City on Saturday (Sunday NZT) and the home team responded in style by defeating Everton 3-1 on a bitterly cold day at Etihad Stadium. Each of their three previous top-flight defeats had quickly been followed up with a victory, and they repeated the trick here.
Everton threatened when Calvert-Lewin forced a good save from Ederson, although he was ruled marginally offside, and Richarlison volleyed over from a Lucas Digne cross. Jordan Pickford then made a wonderful save as Ilkay Gundogan's cross was knocked towards his own goal by Michael Keane but England's goalkeeper scrambled to tip the ball wide. Jesus' 22nd-minute goal, clinically slotted past the Everton keeper from inside the left of the area, came after City had ruthlessly capitalised on a poor Yerry Mina clearance. The Brazilian linked up well with the impressive Sane and worked hard throughout.
That seemed to be that. Gabriel Jesus scored either side of half-time before Dominic Calvert-Lewin brought the visitors back into the game with a header.
But City, showing the hallmark of champions, wrapped things up nearly instantly.
Gabriel Jesus needed an afternoon like this.
Jose Holebas was next to impress, netting with a blistering 20-yard drive in the 52nd minute before teenager Domingos Quina bagged his first Premier League goal with a fine effort in the 68th minute.
"Strikers need to score goals", said Guardiola of Jesus's man-of-the-match performance.
Salomon Rondon scored the only goal as Newcastle won at Huddersfield, while Luka Milivojevic's first-half strike was the difference as Crystal Palace beat Leicester 1-0. Sergio Aguero, who returned to the bench here but was not required, is now 30 and will need rest over a long season.
Kevin De Bruyne also made his return from injury as he came on as a second half sub, as City secured a routine win.
Silva admitted his team created enough opportunities which would have potentially put more pressure on their opponents but conceded the best team did win.
Pickford then did well to deny Riyad Mahrez but City were now well in control.
At the other end, Everton had occasionally looked bright going forward but they lacked City's slick and incisive passing.
The Spaniard has not beaten Everton in their previous two clashes at the Etihad Stadium and although Marco Silva's side have won just once away this season, they have impressed, particularly at Anfield when they were only beaten by a stoppage time victor.