MATCH REPORT: Man City need just ONE more win to be crowned Premier League champs once again

Ilkay Gundogan scored two and set up the other as City moved within three points of a third successive Premier League title with a 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

Gundoganon his 300th City appearance, opened the scoring with a beautiful flicked finish in the 36th minute before providing for Erling Haaland to head home his 52nd goal of the season just two minutes later.

Gundogan added his second and City’s third shortly after half-time with a perfectly executed free-kick.

Pep Guardiola’s side now move four points ahead of nearest challengers Arsenal with three games left to play.

After winning the league in 2020/21 and 2021/22, we need a maximum of three points to become just the second club in the Premier League era to lift the trophy in three consecutive campaigns.

This victory extends our winning run in the Premier League to 11 matches and our unbeaten streak across all competitions to 22 games.

WHAT HAPPENED

Everton, buoyed by a morale boosting victory over Brighton earlier in the week, went toe-to-toe with our title chasers in the early stages.

However, the match soon settled into a familiar pattern with City dominating possession and our hosts looking to make the most of rare opportunities to break.

Our first clear cut chance of the afternoon came after a typically incisive first touch from Riyad Mahrez out on the right. Cutting in, he breezed beyond Dwight McNeil and chipped a cross into the box.

On his first goal: “I felt that I was free. Both centre-backs were focused on Erling. I saw the space. The ball was a little bit behind my run. I had to adjust and somehow, I was able to take a touch, I tried my luck and it worked out perfectly.”

On the title race: “We have a very experienced team. It’s not really a new situation for us, competing for the last few games of the season with someone else. The margin for mistakes is very slim, we know that. I think that we were able to live these moments in the past helps us a lot. Sometimes, you have to stay calm and trust your abilities. Even though it was tough today in the first half, that is exactly what we did.”

Source: Man City

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