Ebene News – GB – Manchester City shows class with highest quality moment for Riyad Mahrez goal

LIVERPOOL – Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he expects Manchester City to reach the Premier League title after Pep Guardiola’s men opened a 10 point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park on Wednesday

Riyad Mahrez scored the goal pick between strikes by Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva as City extended their record for England wins to 17 games

“It’s really hard to say another name right now,” said Ancelotti when asked if his side were just beaten by the champions

“They are in good shape, they are confident and they are strong We tried to be physical but it is difficult against Rodrigo, (Ruben) Dias and (Aymeric) Laporte”

Richarlison’s first-half equalizer wasn’t much consolation for seventh-born Everton, who have now won just one of their last six league games to drop five points behind in the battle for a place in the top four

“We don’t need to have any regrets tonight,” Ancelotti added as he looked forward to Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool

This game was revamped from the end of December due to a coronavirus outbreak affecting several players at City that threatened to derail their title challenge

Guardiola’s side were eighth in the standings at the time, but haven’t dropped a point in their 10 league games since to break out of the pursuit squad

The visitors were deprived of fit Ilkay Gundogan due to a groin injury, while Kevin De Bruyne was fit to return from a hamstring problem, but only for a late appearance on the bench

Sergio Aguero was also among the substitutes, but Gabriel Jesus fell short of making the most of his chance to shine in the Argentine’s absence for most of the season and the Brazilian had another night resting in front of goal as he blazed on an early chance

When the stalemate was broken, there was a hint of fortune when Foden’s shot deflected Seamus Coleman to leave helpless Jordan Pickford on the wrong foot

Ancelotti’s men had shown no intention of attacking before conceding, but were immediately rewarded for pushing forward after falling behind when Lucas Digne’s shot came back from the post and ricocheted through the off Richarlison

A moment of the highest quality saw City regain their lead just past the hour mark

Silva’s quilted pass brought Mahrez up to the edge of the box and his lavish curling effort cut the inside of the far post as he headed for the net

“We have the quality up front, but it always comes through the passes,” said Guardiola “We need a little more patience, the second goal is an example Ultimately we must try to put the players in the front in a better position “

The tables were reversed for the visitors’ third 13 minutes as Mahrez and Jesus picked Silva on the edge of the box and his shot had too much power for Pickford

At the other end of the board, Fulham missed the opportunity by nearly four survival points as Burnley came back from a goal to save a 1-1 draw

Both teams struck early in the second half of a largely uneventful game as Ashley Barnes called up Ola Aina’s opener for Fulham

One point for Fulham takes Newcastle advantage over the last three to six points, while Burnley remains eight points ahead of the drop zone and is in 15th place

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Ebene News – GB – Manchester City shows class with a moment of the highest quality for Riyad Mahrez’s goal

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