Tue. May 17th, 2022

Nwosu Chizoba David

Manchester City issued a ruthless reminder of their title credentials as the champions demolished sorry Leeds United 7-0 to claim a seventh successive win and move four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

City were two up inside 13 minutes after Phil Foden’s opener – the 500th Premier League goal of Pep Guardiola’s City reign – found the net after Stuart Dallas’ woeful goal-line clearance attempt, before Jack Grealish added a quickfire second with his maiden Premier League header.

Leeds’ depleted defensive line and questionable tactics continued to be put to the sword as Kevin De Bruyne, on his first league start since November 6, sealed a masterful first-half display with an unerring third just after the half-hour.

The goals continued to flow in the second half as Riyad Mahrez’s deflected fourth and a stunning thunderbolt from De Bruyne made it five, before late efforts from John Stones and Nathan Ake put the seal on a statement victory which shifts the pressure onto City’s title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, who both play on Thursday.

Leeds won on their last visit to the Etihad Stadium but the nature of this chastening defeat, irrespective of the defensive injury crisis currently engulfing the club, raises fresh concerns over Marcelo Bielsa, his players, and their ability to navigate this survival battle they find themselves in.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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