Everton and Manchester City faced off last night at Goodison Park in what would end up being a huge night in the race for the title.
City’s match against Everton was one of the first rescheduled matches in the Premier League Calendar. This was due to the fact that Man City are in the Carabao Cup final on February 24th.
Manchester City won the contest 2-0, meaning they topped the Premier League table at the end of the night. This is the first time the Pep’s side have reached the summit since December 15th.
After a sense of nervousness throughout the first half, Man City found the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time thanks to a Aymeric Laporte header from a David Silva freekick. The header was the Frenchman’s fourth goal of the season.
It was far from a vintage display from City, who had to show their battling qualities for the duration of the second half as the Merseyside club looked for a leveller.
Everton couldn’t find the equaliser Liverpool fans were so desperate for, however, young striker Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory for Man City in stoppage time.
Pep Guardiola had this to say at full time: “A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league.”
”That is the best advice, the lesson is never give up. That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately.”
Everton remain ninth in the Premier League after suffering a fourth defeat in five league games at Goodison Park. On the other hand they should take some encouragement due to their resilient display against the champions which was an improvement on recent performances.
“There are positives but again we didn’t take the points we want and we are working to achieve. At the moment bad things come too easy, we concede after 47 and 97 minutes. Just working like we did tonight, things will change for us, I am positive. The team showed what we must do.”
”The fans are so good, at the end of the match what they did for our players, I have no doubt. We are all together and we will give them what they want and what they deserve.”
Everton face a trip to Marco Silva’s former side Watford on Saturday. Manchester City host Chelsea the following day in what will be another massive game in the title race.