Man City go top of the table after easy win at Fulham

Elena Summers
March 31, 2019

City's Silva turned provider in the 27th minute, pouncing onto a loose ball and passing to Aguero, who sprang forward past three defenders and shot from a tight angle up into the opposite corner for his league-leading 19th goal of the season.

"He decided on not continuing".

It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter as Liverpool take on Tottenham in a contest which could have a definitive say in the Premier League title race.

Guardiola replaced Aguero with Gabriel Jesus before an hour has passed, no doubt conscious of the work-load to come over the next six weeks as his team pursue an unprecedented four trophies.

Among the eight fixtures that follow in an intense April are an FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and a two-legged Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham. From the moment Guardiola's men went 2-0 in front, it was played with the pace and intent of a preseason friendly.

Fulham was so ineffective on the ball that, when the hosts finally strung passes together in the 15th minute, there were ironic cheers around Craven Cottage.

Liverpool will be looking to return to the top of the table on Sunday but will face a stern test of their title credentials when third-placed Tottenham head to Anfield.

There was a gentler pace to the second-half, with Fulham defending better and the Blues weren't afforded the same amount space to wreak havoc.

City dominated at a stroll, right from the off, and the day belonged to Silva.

Raheem Sterling endured somewhat of a frustrating afternoon after his global exploits against the Czech Republic last week, but nearly turned provider late on as the winger fed his overlapping Three Lions teammate Kyle Walker with a chance from close-range late on, only for Walker to clatter the outside of the post.

Since Sergio Aguero first arrived in the Premier League in 2011 no player has been more ruthless in dispensing of newly-promoted sides. "I don't know why they did it, but most of the time if you don't make transfers it is because of money".

"City want the Champions League that little bit more".

If that is the case, Cardiff should surely be brushed aside at the Etihad during what is, effectively, City's game in hand.

"Seven games left for the Premier League, and it's easy - we have to win every game to be champions", Guardiola said.

"We have a tough, tough opponent - but that's the challenge".

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