With a merciless 5-0 win over Newcastle United, Manchester City moved three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
City made no mistakes at the Etihad Stadium, with Raheem Sterling starting and ending the thrashing. Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, and Phil Foden all scored.
City did not look like they were suffering from a hangover after snatching loss from the jaws of triumph against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola admitted that the Madrid game will be on his players’ thoughts, but championship rivals Liverpool were held by Tottenham on Saturday, dealing a serious blow to the Reds’ aspirations. Based on this information, City should be celebrating a successful title defense in two weeks at this stadium.
Newcastle’s Chris Wood wasted a great chance after eight minutes, heading Allan Saint-cross Maximin’s straight at Ederson, while Laporte botched a close-range attempt from a corner at the other end.
After Kevin De Bruyne’s left-wing cross, Joao Cancelo wasted a good chance, but City were shortly ahead. The goal came in the 19th minute when Cancelo headed Ilkay Gundogan’s floating pass across goal for Sterling to nod in from close range.
In the 38th minute, Martin Dubravka spilled Gundogan’s 20-yard volley from a corner routine, and Laporte bundled it in.
On the hour, Rodri made it 3-0 when De Bruyne’s left-wing corner found him at the near post, and his header pinged low past Dubravka.
As City sought to improve their goal differential, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s powerful effort was pushed over by Dubravka.
They added a fourth in the 90th minute when Foden scored from close range after Jack Grealish and Zinchenko connected on the left flank, and Grealish then passed Sterling to score a fifth for both Newcastle and Liverpool.