Manchester City continued their impressive start to the season after a 2-0 win over Everton. It was the third consecutive victory for the blues, while they have now scored eight goals without reply. City’s start is made even more impressive by the fact that they have already taken four more points – against Chelsea and Everton – than they did last season. Manuel Pellegrini’s future appeared under doubt in the summer, but the players appear to be fully behind him. City have played some fantastic football in the three games so far and the win over Everton was one of their most impressive.
City created a lot of opportunities and it was not surprising to see them end the game with seven shots on target. The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues in the world and a game against Everton at Goodison Park was always going to be difficult. Yet, to come away with three tough matches with a return of nine points will be something that Pellegrini will be pleased with. It also gives City a great platform to build their season upon. Apart from being regarded as contenders for the league title, it would also be appropriate for the blues to be considered as Champions League contenders. Pellegrini said:
“I think that was a very professional performance. We played a very difficult team here at Goodison Park. During both halves, I think we were a very consistent and solid team. We had more chances to score than Everton.
“We scored two goals, again we keep a clean sheet, so I think we are working very well as a team, defending and attacking. The Premier League, when you play away, is always tough.
“That’s why we analyse what happened last season - I always said it was not a disaster that we finished in second place.”
The group stages for the Champions League will be announced in a few days. It will then begin a period of almost ‘no rest’ for the players due to the constant run of fixtures. The start of the League Cup is also not far away. Amongst the title contenders, City appear best placed to deal with a fixture overload.
Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Yaya Touré all seem at their best. Raheem Sterling is yet to fire on all cylinders, but City are wasting no time in improving the squad even further if reports are to be believed. Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is very close to sealing a switch to the Etihad stadium from German outfit Wolfsburg. The Belgian international has a panache for assists and this could only come in handy for last season’s Golden Boot winner – Aguero. Aside from the star names, Pellegrini also has the likes of Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph, and Jesus Navas to call upon.
City are up against newly promoted Watford, who are yet to take their first win since the return to the top division, in the next league match.