Manchester City kept up their quest for Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 2-0 win against Sunderland on Sunday 5/03/17.
According to Reuters, Sergio Aguero’s close-range effort separated the sides at halftime and Leroy Sane gave City a second with a fine finish just before the hour mark at the Stadium of Light.
City remain third with 55 points from 26 games, eight behind leaders Chelsea who visit West Ham United on Monday 6/03/17).
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to BBC Sport: “We are so happy. We played good. We expected aggression and intensity. It was a very good first goal. It was important to go into half-time 1-0 up. If they were winning with the amazing atmosphere it would have been difficult.
“Leroy Sane is every day getting better. He has gaps to improve but he’s only 21. He’s an intelligent guy and a very nice guy. We are here to help him become what he can be.
“We were passing the ball between ourselves in the last 25 minutes. I don’t like to defend a result and be near our box. It is OK if you’re 3-0 or 4-0 up but not 2-0.”
Sunderland had tried containing City and Jermain Defoe struck the post but Guardiola’s side went ahead after 42 minutes when Aguero scored.
Sunderland coach David Moyes said his team did all they could to try to get something out of the game.
“When you’re in it every day you see the levels go up. We’ve got games coming up – we don’t have to show it, we have to do it.
“We tried to make chances. The one that hits the post and comes out maybe that’ll hit the inside of the post and go in next time.
“I hope our players understand the position that we’re in, but we’re not panicking,” said Moyes.
Sergio Aguero became the 21st player to score 50 Premier League goals away from home.