A 2-0 win at Goodison Park earned Manchester City a third win out of their first three Premier League matches. Everton played well, especially in the first half, but by the time Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring, City had completely taken control of the match. The combination of their extremely balanced and disciplined defense, as well as their ability to hold midfielders, along with their quick and lethal attack, has City looking more dominant than ever.
In their first three Premier League matches, Manchester City have won by a combined score of 8-0, with one of the victories coming in an impressive 3-0 win over reigning champions Chelsea. The attacking prowess from City was almost to be expected, with the purchase of Raheem Sterling, but what has almost been more impressive is the defensive stability. Not giving up a goal in the first three matches has been very impressive, especially in the way they have done it because not only have they not allowed a goal, but they have given up very few chances at goal from the opposing teams.
This defensive stability has only helped Manchester City’s incredibly impressive attack flourish. The addition of Sterling to the attacking stalwarts of Sergio Aguero and David Silva has given them a completely new look and pace. Sterling and Jesus Navas have incredible pace and their work down the flanks free up Silva and Aguero to freely move around the pitch and find their teammates while also adding to the goal tally. Aguero is one of the best players in the world at finding space and always being in the right place at the right time. Now he can do that at pace with Sterling making Manchester City’s counter attacking ability extremely scary for any opposition.
If the rumors come to fruition that Wolfsburg attacker Kevin De Bruyne is headed to Manchester City, their attack will only continue to improve. The transfer has long been rumored, and De Bruyne has said he has agreed to personal terms, but the two sides have yet to settle on a price, which has held up the Belgian’s move. De Bruyne has some, although very little, Premier League experience, spending 2012-2014 with Chelsea before Jose Mourinho sold him to Wolfsburg in the winter of 2014, after deciding he was surplus to requirements. His pace and passing ability will only add depth as well as quality to an already stacked Manchester City squad that looks ready to compete for not only the Premier League title but also the Champions League.
Manchester City’s latest victory over Everton in Goodison Park continued to build on the dominance they showed in their previous victory over Chelsea. It is still very early in the Premier League season, but City looks likely to be the best team in England this season. That being said, there is still time left in the transfer window for their title rivals to improve. Arsenal have rumors surrounding them about a move for PSG’s Edison Cavani, Chelsea are still pushing for Everton defender John Stones, and Manchester United have a multitude of transfer rumors being discussed as their squad is far from a finished product.
Manchester City has shown continued dominance in the early part of this Premier League season, highlighted by their latest win over Everton 2-0. If they keep up this pace, they will surely be the team to beat in England and may finally get over the hump in the Champions League as well as make it past the quarterfinals.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
Edited By Leigh Haugh
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