Manchester City could win the QUADRUPLE, Ruben Dias is “like Virgil van Dijk” and Pep Guardiola is working on “perfection” – Michael Owen and Co purred when the Premier League leaders were 10 points ahead with a 3-1 win at Everton
Michael Owen, Lee Dixon and Eddie Howe raved about Manchester City after expanding their lead at the top of the Premier League to 10 points.
Pep Guardiola’s side increased their advantage over runner-up Manchester United after beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
Phil Foden opened the gate in the 32nd minute, but the Toffees equalized just five minutes later through Richarlison. City counted in dominance in the second half as brilliant goals from Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva pushed the game beyond Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 10 points on Wednesday
Michael Owen (R), Lee Dixon (C) and Eddie Howe raved about City after the win at Everton
Riyag Mahrez scored a stunning goal on the edge of the box as City scored a 3-1 win
The win marked City’s 17th straightaway win, and the pundits at Amazon Prime purred with ex-Liverpool and United striker Owen, who suggested City can win quadruple this season.
“You’re peaking at the right time,” he said. “If you think about it, you’ve practically won the Premier League, you’re in the League Cup final [Carabao Cup], They’re still in the FA Cup – a couple of big hitters made it – and who’s going to get the Champions League past them? It is conceivable that they could win all four this season. ‘
Former Arsenal defender Dixon agreed to the title race, adding: ‘For me it’s done and dusted. You are just adamant and with [Sergio] Aguero comes back, they are very strong defensively. ‘
The city has always been blessed with an abundance of talent, but sometimes its defenses have let it down in recent years. This season, however, they seem to have solved their Achilles heel.
You injected £ 64million on half of Benbena in the middle of Ruben Dias and the colossal defender helped transform City’s defensive line. Guardiola’s side have only conceded 15 goals this season.
Dixon compared Dias’ influence on the city side to that of Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool when he came from Southampton in January 2018 for £ 75million.
Dixon compared the influence of Ruben Dias on the city side with that of Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool
“I think a lot of emphasis was placed on it [the defence] since Vincent Kompany left. There’s a lot of focus and a lot of things wrong with the back four, and it took him a while to get it right, ”Dixon said Amazon Prime.
‘[John] Stones has been there for five years now? When he first came to the club, he was still learning his trade. They spent a lot of money on him, seemed to handle it, and then he had this big jump in shape so it took him a while to settle down and play. You have been waiting for him to take to the streets.
‘And then [Ruben] Dias came along and he was a bit like [Virgil] van Dijk. They needed a center back and he’s 23 years old.
“He joined the team and has now partnered with Stones. I know he didn’t play tonight. [Aymeric] Laporte was a scared center-back on the left for two years and now he’s unable to play a game.
Howe insisted that Pep Guardiola is constantly looking for ways to improve and achieve “perfection”.
“When you have a partnership like this, the rest of you take care of themselves. Yes, they are more defensive, but I can’t stress how good this partnership is. ‘
Guardiola refused to hold title talks and insisted the team not think about the table on Wednesday night … there are still 42 points to fight for.
Eddie Howe, who met Guardiola as Bournemouth manager, insisted that the Spaniard is constantly looking for ways to improve and achieve “perfection”.
‘With Pep he is constantly developing and changing his systems. He always thinks about the next game. He’s never satisfied, but he works toward perfection, ”Howe said Amazon Prime.
The city visits the capital on Sunday as they travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal.