Guardi­ola’s cham­pi­ons pro­duce mas­ter­class

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at the Eti­had Sta­dium long De Bruyne cross-shot from the right that was head­ing in.

Next Ilkay Gun­do­gan played an in­ad­ver­tent one-two with the ref­eree, Craig Paw­son, that al­lowed the Ger­man to find David Silva. He re­layed the ball to name­sake Bernardo and a dev­il­ish de­liv­ery was scram­bled out for a cor­ner by Martin Ols­son.

De Bruyne took this but it was un­pro­duc­tive. The Bel­gian’s next con­tri­bu­tion was op­po­site. This time, from along the left, he found Ra­heem Ster­ling who turned the ball off his left foot in­side to David Silva. It ric­o­cheted off Van der Hoorn and the Spa­niard col­lected a 10th of the cam­paign.

That was on 12 min­utes and four min­utes later the lead was dou­bled. Once more David Silva was in­volved. He re­turned a pass to Fabian Delph and when the ball was swept in Ster­ling had a tap-in for a 23rd of the sea­son.

This sig­nalled con­test over with three-quar­ters still to play.

Al­ready the con­test was akin to a train­ing ground af­fair with the home side yo-yoing the ball around.

At the close of the half Al­fie

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