Man City move 10 points clear at top of Premier League with 3-1 win at Everton; Carlo Ancelotti’s side play Liverpool live on Sky next; Fulham miss chance to close gap to safety further as Burnley hit back
Victory at Everton was their 17th in a row in all competitions, their 12th in the Premier League. The runaway leaders are the first team in top-flight history to win their opening 10 matches in a calendar year. They have not trailed for a single minute in any of their last 16 Premier League games.
This time there was no Ilkay Gundogan, and Pep Guardiola felt content enough to leave it late until bringing on the fit-again Kevin De Bruyne, who eased himself into the action with an immediate drop of the shoulder between blue shirts and a pinpoint pass. Fernandinho made a late cameo, too, while Sergio Aguero watched from the bench, Guardiola cautious but hopeful about his impending return from the off.
But City’s machine has kept motoring, morphing, finding ways to win. Though Richarlison bundled in an equaliser and Everton strove to frustrate, there remained an inevitability to the outcome.
Bernardo Silva was an orchestrator here and his strike summed up the swagger: a slick one-touch affair involving Walker, Mahrez and Jesus that turned moving parts into mannequins.