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Manchester City back on top of Premier League after beating Everton

"So I think City will do it and Liverpool second - I'd like to say Liverpool first to be fair but I think they'll finish second".

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half but substitute Raheem Sterling, who was allegedly the subject of racial abuse from supporters at Stamford Bridge a week ago, scored the game's crucial fourth goal.

It was the shot in the arm City needed. They finished three points above arch-rivals Liverpool, securing a spot in Europe's most prestigious competition. Jesus' 22nd-minute goal, clinically slotted past the Everton keeper from inside the left of the area, came after City had ruthlessly capitalised on a poor Yerry Mina clearance. Jesus coolly fires past Pickford from the left of the area after Sane had slipped a delightful pass into his path. Everton will rue some poor play trying to move it out from the back, as Mina's awful clearance was key to City opening them up with two simple passes. A typical passing move dragged Everton's defence around sufficiently that when Leroy Sané chipped a pin-point cross into the centre onto Jesus's head between Keane and Mina, the Brazilian was able to power a header past Pickford.

That seemed to be that. Everton's transfer dealings were looking good.

But City, showing the hallmark of champions, wrapped things up nearly instantly. His team looked like they received a half-time rollicking and they reemerged with far more urgency, but the Catalan was still demanding more from his players - calling Gabriel Jesus across for advice shortly after his second goal and was seething when City conceded.

Everton boss Marco Silva has praised Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of the meeting between the two sides tomorrow, and Guardiola has paid tribute to Everton forward Richarlison.

He had not scored in the league since August 19, faring only marginally better in the cups, and a career that seemed destined for greatness in his first 18 months at City seemed mired in its first genuine sticky patch. "The same he has done today he has done in other games but the differences he has scored goals". These were instances of the unselfish play that, according to Guardiola, had been evident even during his drought. Guardiola will hope the striker's well-taken double, coupled with an impressive all-round performance, can lead to a productive spell during a busy run of fixtures.

The injuries are beginning to mount up for Manchester City, but Guardiola has been boosted by the news that Sergio Aguero is back training without pain and could return after a four-match absence this weekend. In Silva they have a manager with great potential and if they can hold on to him, as well as Richarlison, then the club too has great potential.

To avoid the City press, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's ability to ping the ball accurately from 60 yards meant he could find Calvert-Lewin and Bernard in space if City pushed up and lost possession.

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