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Sunday, 01 Apr, 2018

It is a run of games that could see City win the Premier League and take a huge step towards European glory, making this dominant triumph a timely one as a victory next weekend would seal the top-flight crown.

In addition to this, they also failed to win a single trophy.

Off the pitch Mendy has remained a prominent member of City's squad, his social media presence ensuring he was not forgotten by Guardiola.

DF Vincent Kompany, 8 - Fell awkwardly challenging Theo Walcott for a high ball but spent most of the game on his feet, shepherding Everton's attack towards the sidelines. Jordan Pickford has been a bright spot for the Toffees this term and will resume duties between the sticks on Saturday.

At times, Everton centre-backs Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka appeared to glance in the direction of the bench in desperate search of answers on how to stop the wave of attacks.

Sam Allardyce's tactics and team selection, with the pedestrian pair of Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney on defensive midfield duties giving their mercurial visitors all the encouragement they needed, looked confused. With Davies a doubt, exiled Dutch playmaker Davy Klaassen could be set for a recall in the No.10 role on Saturday.

While the Potters sandwiched this brace with a goal of their own, it was an encouragingly determined performance from Everton who have looked despondent frequently this season.

Sergio Aguero has handed Manchester City a timely injury boost ahead of their Champions League showdown with Liverpool next week.

Sane gave City the lead at Everton on Saturday evening with this ferocious left-footed volley
Sane gave City the lead at Everton on Saturday evening with this ferocious left-footed volley

Defender John Stones has been ruled out with a concussion.

However, the way City at Goodison Park started there was only going to be one outcome.

The Everton fans certainly did not enjoy themselves and they booed their side off.

Fernandinho will start as the holding midfielder for Guardiola's side to try and stop Everton from building play in the middle.

Leroy Sane opened the scoring with a sweetly-struck back-post volley after only four minutes and Gabriel Jesus soon made it two, scoring moments after Yannick Bolasie had headed a golden chance over for Everton. Pep Guardiola's outfit are way too good for that. The Citizens have been first all season long, winning 26 of their first 30 games. The Spaniard's cross was converted for his 11th assist of the season.

And while the Reds needed an 84th-minute victor from Mohamed Salah to get a win at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, City could hardly have had a more ideal warm-up for their return trip to Merseyside for the first leg in four days' time.

9 - For a manager with his mind on a midweek clash in the same city against a different team, this was a case of the usual positive thinking. Cenk Tosun scored both goals against Stoke, giving him four goals in his first seven games since joining the club from Besiktas.