Manchester City back on top of EPL, Chelsea second

City raced to a 3-0 lead in the first 18 minutes before Danny Ings pulled one back for Southampton.

Manchester City displayed ruthless efficiency on Sunday to raise more questions over who can stop Pep Guardiola's team powering to a second straight English Premier League crown. "It is great times at the moment".

City made it four goals in the first half through a strike by Sergio Aguero.

On Wednesday night Manchester City's game with Shakhtar Donetsk proved it can't come soon enough as two of the officials somehow didn't spot that it was the ground that tripped Raheem Sterling and not an opposition player.

Jesus' victor at Southampton in the final minute of last season ensured City finished with 100 points - the 21-year-old's campaign yielding 13 goals from 29 league appearances.

In Sunday's other game, second-place Chelsea breezed past Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling also struck twice while David Silva and Leroy Sane got on the scoresheet after an early Wesley Hoedt own goal in a one-sided contest at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling added his second of the game midway through the second half before Sane completed the rout in stoppage time.

"He's a guy who gave us a lot, but he's still a young player, he can improve, he can be more calm inside the box, but he has desire and that's why he's extended his contract here for many years".

"In my era we had very physical teams that might have on a frightful day in November or December, on a boggy pitch, on a surface that wasn't quite so great, you might have been able to intimidate a very good team", Townsend said.

Referee Viktor Kassai immediately pointed to the spot and Gabriel Jesus stepped up to double City's advantage.

"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won".

Speaking of Morata, Chelsea manager said the Spanish striker has a great potential. He was able to immediately change the match.

"We were lucky to score the fourth goal at the end of the first half otherwise the second half would be hard. We need to try to win that and then go in to the derby".

  • Rosalie Stanley