Winner of Leeds (2-1) at home, Manchester City consolidates its first place at the top of the Premier League and even takes, at least temporarily, four points ahead of Arsenal, with a game late to play.
Ten in a row for Manchester City, in their distance duel with Arsenal, at the top of the PL. Manchester City had no trouble dominating (2-1) a weak Leeds team (18 shots to 4 in favor of City, 81% possession), which the return to business of Sam Allardyce did not allow to reinvigorate, Saturday during the 35th day of the Premier League. The formation of Pep Guardiola chained a tenth success in a row in the English championship, without having resorted to the efficiency of its Norwegian serial scorer.
Erling Haaland is on the screen this season in England and seems to be on another planet lately, but nothing has worked for him this afternoon at the Etihad.
Unhappy in the first period as City’s offensives became more and more precise (16th, 18th, 25th, 41st), Haaland touched the bar (49th) and the post (62nd) in the second act. Erling Haaland has not always been well found when he himself was not a little too short or not inspired enough. But City have a wide range of attacking options this season.
The threat is protean in the Guardiola system, and it was German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan who finally took on the goalscoring costume with a double (19th, 27th). His two goals were also scored on two almost identical actions, with Riyad Mahrez initiating on the right side.
Gündogan misses on penalty and misses the hat-trick
Gündogan had the opportunity to achieve a nice hat-trick, but he saw his attempt hit the post of Robles (85th). The failure could have been anecdotal if Rodrigo had not revived the suspense in stride (85th) as the domination of Manchester City will have been overwhelming. The reduction in the score of the Peacocks, taking advantage of the bad dismissal of Akanji, made the end of the game for the Cityzens more complex to manage but they ended up winning.
This success allows Manchester City to increase its lead in the lead and to increase the pressure on the Gunners of Mikel Arteta – defeated (1-3) recently by these same Skyblues – who will have a big turning point in the season in negotiate on Sunday, against Newcastle. Knowing that the Citizens will still have a late game to play (on the lawn of Brighton, May 24).