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Everton 0-2 Manchester City - Pep Guardiola Reacts (Details)

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Manchester City and Liverpool now have 62 points, but City have the upper hand based on goal difference, having played one game more than Jurgen Klopp's side.

It is the first time City have been top since December 8.

Liverpool are to play Bournemouth on Saturday with Manchester City hosting Chelsea the next day.

The match was a re-arranged fixture caused by City's advance to the League Cup final and the visitors took the lead on the stroke of halftime when French defender Aymeric Laporte was left unattended to head home a David Silva free kick curled in from the left.

The goal was the 17th conceded by Everton from a set-piece in all competitions this season and 12th in the Premier League.

Two of City's substitutes combined for the second goal deep in stoppage time with Kevin De Bruyne playing Gabriel Jesus in on goal.

Although the Brazilian's shot was blocked by Everton goal keeper Jordan Pickford, he reacted quickly to head home the loose ball.


“Goodison Park is always so tough and in general I am so satisfied,” said Guardiola.

“During the last three months every three days it has been game, game, game.

“In three or four days we now have another one against Chelsea. I don’t know how far we will get but we will try to prepare game by game.

“We could have gone seven points behind a few days ago... now we are first.

“That is a good lesson to never give up.

“We have one more game than Liverpool and if they win we are not top.

“But being top is much better but Liverpool has to play this game.

“Now we have an incredible test next Sunday without much time to prepare, then the Champions League starts again. It’s non-stop.”

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