Manchester City managed to come back from a goal down to equal the record of successive Premier League victories, making it 13 consecutive wins and redeeming their eight-point lead at the top of the table courtesy of a late goal from David Silva.
Once again, Manchester City frustrated Manchester United by securing a late victory and all three points. The score line stood at 1-1 and the clock 83 minutes when Pep Guardiola’s men secured yet another fantastic winner.
Kevin De Bruyne carelessly hovered over a ball from the right and there was an acrobatic David Silva to to find the back of the net. This sent the Etihad Stadium into raptures, maing it nine points claimed in the closing eight minutes of matches this season, and guaranteed City remain eight points ahead of Manchester United. The next encounter for manchester city will be the 175th Manchester derby Old Trafford on Sunday, and it is a must win José Mourinho’s men to keep their title hopes as pragmatic as possible.
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As Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany and are a card away from a ban, Guardiola rested them with an eye on the derby. Leroy Sané was included, despite also being one yellow card from a suspension, as Eliaquim Mangala, Silva and Danilo also came in as starters and Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus also started on the bench.
For West Ham David Moyes was forced to leave out Joe Hart, who is a City loanee, and Winston Reid who is injured . Also dropped were Marko Arnautovic andAndré Ayew, with Adrián, Declan Rice, Edimilson Fernandes and Michail Antonio all named in the starting eleven.
Adrián performed impressively in the absence of Hart. Next, he ensured his team stayed level by flinging himself to the left to keep out a Sané rocket. West Ham’s previous solidity had evaporated and they were engaged in an increasingly desperate rearguard action.
The contest had become more challenging, to the benefit of City only, but just as David de Gea put up an impressive performance in United’s win at Arsenal on Saturday, so too did Adrián. After stopping a De Bruyne effort he then denied Jesus, as West Ham continued to cling on.
Ultimately, though, they failed to do so courtesy of the Silva finish, though Diafro Sakho missed a golden chance right at the end to snatch a draw, Antonio had also missed one moments before the Spaniard’s game-winning intervention.
Pep can now prepare for the journey to Kharkiv for Wednesday night’s final Champions League group game against Shakhtar Donetsk. “After the international break, we had four games and we were able to win all four games against physical teams,” he said. “Tomorrow is recovery and regeneration and then we go to Ukraine.”