Fueled by a glowing attacking show, Manchester City’s gamers powered to the top of the Premier League for the primary time this season — and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work.
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In a comical exhibit for VAR’s ever-lengthening highlights reel, West Bromwich Albion’s defenders just about stopped of their tracks and appeared on as Joao Cancelo curled a shot into the top nook for the second of City’s objectives in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.
After all, the assistant referee had raised the flag for offside moments earlier however City, not like West Brom, performed on as Bernardo Silva collected the ball and fed Cancelo, who — unchallenged — picked his spot from the sting of the world.
A video evaluate confirmed Silva was really onside and the objective was allowed to face. City was on track to match its greatest league win of the season and, on the proof of this recreation and the final couple of months, Pep Guardiola’s workforce goes to be exhausting to cease.
“Now, with VAR in these conditions, we’ve to observe the actions till the top since you by no means know what’s going to occur,” Guardiola mentioned. “Is the objective allowed or disallowed? Nobody is aware of. So you must proceed till the top of the motion.”
Make it seven straight wins within the league — and 11 in all competitions — for City in an ominous run of outcomes. City turned the ninth facet to complete a day in first place this season, probably the most inside a single top-flight marketing campaign since 1986-87.
Even if Manchester United reclaims the lead on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United, City — on its longest successful run in additional than three years — seems to be to be the workforce to beat.
Ilkay Gundogan netted twice to make it seven objectives within the final eight league video games for a midfielder who has by no means been a prolific scorer in his profession however has hit a wealthy vein of type. Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling set one another up for the ultimate two objectives.
(With inputs from AP).