Defending champions Manchester City continued their pursuit of Liverpool with a resounding and comfortable 3-0 win over 10-men Wolves at the Etihad.
The win helps the Citizens to close the gap back to four points, with the title race taking an interesting shape with every passing week.
Gabriel Jesus scored a brace while Conor Coady helped one over the line for the home side in a one-sided affair. A defence-splitting pass from Aymeric Laporte found Leroy Sane’s run on the left-hand side.
The German then had an easy task to square the ball for Jesus to tap in from close quarters in the 10th minute.
Willy Boly was sent off for the away side in the 19th minute after a rash tackle on Bernardo Silva. City doubled their advantage five minutes before half-time when Raheem Sterling was brought down by Ryan Bennett inside the box. Jesus was on hand to convert the spot kick.
Pep Guardiola’s men probed after the break but Wolves played for pride stood firm. The final goal of the game when a whipped Kevin de Bruyne cross found its way in via a touch from Coady.
Here’s how we rated the City players:
Ederson - 7
He might as well have not be there on the pitch today, although his spell playing in midfield for a little while was fun!
Kyle Walker - 7
Ventured forward and supported the attacks. Made a couple of good interventions.
John Stones - 7
A comfortable night’s work for the Englishman at the back.
Aymeric Laporte - 8
He delivered a defence-splitting pass for Sane in the build-up of the first goal. Other than that, a comfortable night.
Danilo - 7
Went forward and supported the attack well. Couple of attempts at goal as well.
Fernandinho - 7
Kept the midfield together whenever it was needed and delivered some inch-perfect passes. Booked.
Bernardo Silva - 6
Not his best game but the Portuguese wasn’t needed to be at his best on the night.
David Silva - 8
The Spaniard gets younger with every passing day and looks sharp. His movements on and off the ball were mesmerising at times.
Leroy Sane - 8
His pace, touch, control and vision scares defenders. Something similar was the case today. Assist for the first goal.
Gabriel Jesus - 8
Scored a brace as he reignited his scoring touch. He is here to challenge Sergio Aguero’s spot as the leading striker.
Raheem Sterling - 7
Kept probing with runs in behind and dribbling at the edge of the box. Won the penalty when he beat Bennett for pace and deceived the defender.
SUB - Kevin de Bruyne - 7
Got around half an hour today and looked determined to make an impact. His cross caused Coady to score an own goal.
SUB - Ilkay Gundogan - 6
Came on and just strolled through the last quarter of the game.
SUB - Sergio Aguero - 6
Replaced Jesus late on and looked sharp as ever.