Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes were shuttered as Everton thrashed them 4-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday (15/1/17).
Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola, according to Reuters.
The former Bayern Munich manager suffered his biggest-ever defeat in league football after City had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances but paid dearly for shaky defending.
The Spaniard claimed the 4-0 defeat has been symptomatic of Manchester City’s season so far.
Guardiola told Sky Sports:
“We made a good, good performance in the first half, we made enough chances to score a goal, clear chances.
“After what happened, we are not able to score a goal, then they arrive once and score a goal.
“Then in the second moment in the second half they scored a second goal – and that is so tough mentally for the players.”
Lukaku converted his 12th Premier League goal of the season to put Everton on the score sheet after 34 minutes.
Kevin Mirallas struck right after the break and youngster Davies slotted a brilliant first goal for his boyhood club as City looked increasingly clueless.
Substitute Lookman, making his debut at 19, then completed the rout with his first touch in stoppage time, a goal that stemmed from a mistake from Everton old boy John Stones, as City suffered a fourth league defeat in their last eight league matches.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman lauded his team for the exemplary performance despite Man City enjoying ball possession.
“We scored at the right time in the first half and then to score straight after half-time made it very difficult for them,” said Koeman.
“I think it is a big compliment to Everton today – the organisation defensively. It makes the final result and the way we played perfect,” he added.
The first shot of the game came in the 25th minute, the second-longest wait for the opening shot of a Premier League game this season after Watford versus Middlesbrough on January 14th (26th minute).
Elsewhere, Manchester United and Liverpool shared the spoils as James Milner and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to salvage a point each at Old Trafford.