Manchester City signed a 20th consecutive victory against West Ham (2-1) this Saturday during the 26th day of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s proteges won thanks to goals from Ruben Dias and John Stones.
Surprising fourth in the Premier League before Matchday 26, West Ham hoped to get closer to the podium during their duel against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. In vain, the Citizens of Pep Guardiola once again increased their lead in the championship by winning against the Hammers (2-1).
A few days after a convincing victory in Mönchengladbach in the Champions League (0-2), the Manchester Blues did not impress and were even sometimes put in difficulty by the London club. Especially in the first period.
A first hanging period
The Portuguese Ruben Dias believed to start the match of his team at the half-hour mark of play with a good header on a perfect cross from Kevin de Bruyne (1-0, 30th). After missing six Premier League games this season, the Belgian joined Harry Kane at the top of the best assistants rankings with eleven caviars.
But Michail Antonio equalized moments before half-time on a pass from former Red Devils Jesse Lingard. (1-1, 43rd). A little less well physically, as blunted by their European game, the City players seemed close to collapse and the first half of the match gave high hopes to the visitors.
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Stones relieves City
Hopes quite quickly died out. More applied, the team of Pep Guardiola tightened the game after returning from the locker room. One would almost forget it so much the attacking talents (52 goals scored in PL) are not lacking on the side of City, but this team also has the best defense in the Premier League with only 16 goals conceded.
A defense as impermeable as it is effective. Long contested since his signing in Manchester, John Stones confirms his excellent start to the campaign and scored his fourth goal in all competitions in 2020-2021 on a assist from Riyad Mahrez (2-1, 68th).
No defender in the Premier League has done better so far. Behind, Manchester City held on and quietly chained a new victory in the Premier League.
City take their ease, Guardiola in the club of 500
Thanks to this success acquired at the end of a complicated match, Pep Guardiola signed the 500th victory of his coaching career, the 200th with Manchester City (179 at Barça and 121 with Bayern. But the Catalan technician will surely remember the stake of the result obtained against the Hammers.
By dominating West Ham, the Skyblues have chained a twentieth consecutive victory in all competitions. With one more game over his rivals, the Citizens now have 13 lengths ahead of their first pursuer. An advantage that may not change much by the end of the weekend due to the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United, respectively fifth and second in the standings, at Stamford Bridge (5.30 p.m. live on RMC Sport 1) this Sunday.