Everton Have Impressed Me - Pep Guardiola Warns of Tough Test

Sunday, 16 Dec, 2018

In-form Sterling was the surprise omission from Guardiola's first XI to take on Marco Silva's Toffees in Saturday's early kick-off.

Pep Guardiola is pleased with the way Manchester City have responded to their defeat to Chelsea with a 3-1 win over Everton. They could easily finish in a Europa League qualifying place.

City react as expected to push the pressure Liverpool's way. But it might be a while before they see themselves back in the Champions League. The win was a must to crank up the heat on Liverpool ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Sunday, and they duly delivered.

De Bruyne was City's standout performer in their dominant 100-point season last time around and went on to star in Belgium's run to the World Cup semi-finals, scoring decisively in the 2-1 quarter-final triumph over Brazil. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. The Brazilian linked up well with the impressive Sane and worked hard throughout.

Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez were preferred in the supporting roles to lone striker Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Sterling 7, De Bruyne 6, Foden n/a.

Everton have completely changed their team in terms of players - Bernard, (Gylfi) Sigurdsson, Richarlison, (Lucas) Digne, Yerry Mina. Subs: Walcott 6, Lookman 7, Davies n/a.

Since Manchester City cannot play fellow English sides, they are likely to meet Atletico, Schalke and Roma in the last 16. Calvert-Lewin rose the highest and nodded in, via a deflection off Delph, after 65 minutes.

Sterling had only been on the pitch for three minutes before he headed in from Fernandinho's cross. Even if the club reluctantly let go of Richarlison, chances are they will make a substantial profit which they can then reinvest into the playing squad.

Sané assisted both of Gabriel Jesus' goals.

Everton are now 7th in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester United.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke of his "admiration" for Raheem Sterling after the England worldwide scored his first goal since being engulfed in a race row at Chelsea last weekend.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, N/R - His first Premier League minutes of the season.