Guardiola’s champions produce masterclass
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