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Guardiola delighted ‘outstanding’ Man City came away from ‘difficult’ Goodison with three points

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with his sides display, after the reigning Premier League champions beat Everton 3-1 this evening at Goodison Park.

The Citizens took the lead on 24 minutes when a trademark Kevin De Bruyne cross from the inside right position was nodded home by Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.

City continue to look vulnerable defensively though and it was no great surprise when England U21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised on 33 minutes. It had originally looked like the goal had been scored by Toffees skipper Seamus Coleman, who had dinked the ball over City ‘keeper Ederson, but Calvert-Lewin snaked in and got the final touch on the line, with the ball already goal bound.

Both sides looked dangerous going forward and ropey at the back during the second period, but it would be City who would take control, with Riyad Mahrez curling home a fine free-kick from the edge of the area.

Raheem Sterling, who had missed an absolute sitter earlier in the game, then scored his 100th club goal and rounded off the win for Guardiola’s side.

Speaking after the game Guardiola was delighted with how his side performed, admitting that Everton away is one of the tougher fixtures in the Premier League calendar.

“They have incredible players up front and experience in the middle and a good manager so we knew it would be a tough game,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“Every season it is difficult at Goodison Park. With the ball we were outstanding. They had chances but we had chances too, it was this kind of game. Football is sometimes unpredictable.

“We had a problem in the first half with out high pressing.- they had one more player on our left side. It was 25-35 minutes we had problems.

“They are on an incredible run, they don’t drop points and they win well. We know it, the players know it. It is not easy.”

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