Showing no signs of rust after the international break, oil-rich Manchester City have held on to the summit of the Premier League after they thoroughly demolished a defiant but ultimately deflated Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The Citizens had as much as six different scorers who found themselves in the scoresheet, with wonderkid Gabriel Jesus bagging a brace. Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf also managed to score a consolation goal for the Potters.
The huge win means Manchester City are now sole leaders in the league after eight games, with Manchester United drawing against Liverpool earlier on Saturday. City have now earned 22 points and currently sit in first place.
The game started with Manchester City on the front foot. Leroy Sane almost opened the scoring for his side on the eighth minute, after a wonderful pass from Kevin De Bruyne. The German forward, however, would miss from point-blank range.
32 – Since his Man City debut in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 32 assists in the PL, more than any other player. Wizard. pic.twitter.com/XX749Wt48D
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The floodgates, however, were soon opened just nine minutes later. Gabriel Jesus scored City’s first goal of the match after doing well to receive Kyle Walker’s pass. Two minutes later, City went two for two with a brilliant goal from Raheem Sterling after the former Liverpool winger received a fantastic assist from De Bruyne.
Veteran Spaniard David Silva soon joined the party and made it three goals to the good for the home side after a pouncing on a great cross from Sterling. Stoke, in response, scored through Diouf just a minute before half-time with a good effort inside the box, turning the scoreline 3-1.
Come the second half, it appeared as though Stoke had what it takes to come back into the game. Young debutant Tom Edwards blazed through the right wing and crosses it towards Diouf in the centre. The Senegal star headed the ball in, but Walker blocked it. Unlucky for the former Tottenham star, the ball went past Ederson to the back of the net for an own goal.
From then on, however, it was to become the Manchester City show. Jesus would grab his second of the game at the 55th minute thanks once again to De Bruyne. At the hour mark, it was Fernandinho who scored with a blazing shot from the edge of the box. Two minutes later, De Bruyne’s magic pass found Leroy Sane, who scored from six yards.
And for the icing on the cake, Bernardo Silva scores with another goal to end the scoreline at an awe-inspiring 7-2.
Seventh Heaven 🙌
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 14, 2017