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Mahrez and De Bruyne lead Manchester City at Everton

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With spectacular performances from Riyad Mahrez and Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City got a crucial win at Everton.

Winning at Everton was arguably one of the most important assignments that Manchester City had this month, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin de Bruyne made it possible.

Pep Guardiola is finally starting to materialize the tactical plan he envisioned when he signed Mahrez last season.

The Algerian winger is finally at a level of performance that can be compared to the one that took him to the top of the Premier League with Leicester City.

This match was expected to be extremely complicated at Goodison Park, Pep Guardiola was aware of the difficulties that the Toffies would present his players.

Much like he has done throughout the start of the season, the manager decided to use a different lineup that could distract the Everton manager.

Argentine Sergio Aguero remained on the bench for the first half, same as both Bernardo and David Silva.

The attack was formed by Raheem Sterling on the left, Gabriel Jesus as the striker, and Riyad Mahrez as a right-winger.

The key of this game was the combination of Mahrez with Kevin de Bruyne on the right, this was a pairing that became pure dynamite for the Toffies’ defense.

With his dribbling skills and speed, Mahrez helped De Bruyne’s precision improve dramatically.

Pep saw this partnership coming from the start, but it took the players a year to find their ideal moment to shine.

Jesus draws first blood.

Even though Everton was behaving extremely defensive during the start of the game, Manchester City needed less than half an hour to get the first goal.

Mahrez was getting too slippery for the defenders on the right flank, he was starting to combine efforts with De Bruyne.

When the right moment came, the Algerian star sent a slow pass to Kevin and the Belgian midfielder sent one of those exquisite crosses at first touch.

The man inside the box was Gabriel Jesus, who headed the ball home and drew first blood at Goodison Park.

The Toffies responded during the first half, less than 10 minutes after City’s initial goal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed a ball after Seamus Coleman dinked his cross over Ederson.

The Brazilian goalkeeper was great this evening, but he only made that mistake that cost City the equalizer.

The first half ended with this momentary result, but we would get a lot more action during the second half.

Riyad Mahrez proved that he reached an elite level of performance, he will be one of the most important players for Pep Guardiola this season.

It took the Citizens a while to get the second goal, the Everton defense didn’t allow them to penetrate very easily.

A set-piece was the reason the visitors could inflict more pain to the locals, it came with 20 minutes still left on the clock.

Mahrez scores a beauty and Sterling nails a volley.

The set-piece we are talking about is a free-kick that Manchester City won far from Everton’s goal, but that didn’t mean Mahrez wasn’t trying to score it from a distance.

The Algerian winger has scored some great free-kicks in his career, only this one seemed a lot more difficult to nail.

Regardless of how far it was, the former Leicester City player took his shot with the left foot and scored a beauty on the keeper’s long post.

That was the 1-2 for City, but we still had one more to go. Mahrez was right in the middle of the third goal again, he sent a precise cross to Raheem Sterling all the way to the other side of the pitch.

The England international responded with a volley that hit the bar and then the floor, the ball went out of the goal but it crossed the line.

That was 1-3 for Manchester City thanks to a fantastic volley from Sterling, the Citizens maintain their 5-point distance from Liverpool.

After tonight’s performance, we expect Riyad Mahrez to have a lot more minutes under Pep Guardiola in all competitions.

The Algerian star is arguably the fastest player that the Citizens have right now, the manager will want to take advantage of this throughout the rest of the season.

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