Manchester City defeat Leeds United 7-0 for their eighth consecutive victory.
Manchester City’s Premier League lead was extended to seven points after a 7-0 win over Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Manchester City extended their Premier League lead with a 7-0 triumph over Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Kevin De Bruyne all scored in the first half to put the hosts three goals ahead against Leeds before the halftime.
Riyad Mahrez scored City’s first goal of the second half when his effort from inside the penalty area deflected off Junior Firpo and beat Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
De Bruyne made it 5-0 on the night with a thunderbolt from distance just after the hour mark, after Man City had dispossessed Leeds in their own half once more.
As the second half progressed, John Stones made it six goals for Man City, slamming a rebound from his own strike into the roof of the net to put Leeds on the verge of suffering their worst defeat in Premier League history.
Prior to this match, Leeds’ greatest defeat in England’s top division was a 5-0 loss to Liverpool in the 1995-96 season.
“Our performance has nothing positive to take away,” Bielsa stated. “I can’t think of anything worth valuing.” It is not individualities that fail when nothing is done well, but rather the behaviour and organisation. I’m sorry, but I don’t have any justifications to provide.
“Everything that occurred was exactly what we had hoped to avoid. Because there’s nothing to be gained from it, I’ll have to accept responsibility for a defeat of this magnitude. We’ve never seen anything like today’s performance.”
Nathan Ake rose to meet a corner kick and blasted his header past Meslier to help the hosts to the final scoreline in an embarrassing setback for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The triumph was a “booster” for the team, according to De Bruyne, whose return to fitness was slowed by COVID-19.
“I think we did a fantastic job, especially considering how hard they pressed.” We figured out when the best times were to assault them. When we were ahead 3-0 or 4-0, it was difficult for them to come back, and they tried to keep it close in the second half, but we had numerous opportunities to score more.
“It’s wonderful for everyone; a lot of players who didn’t play much yesterday played today and contributed.” It’s a confidence booster for the entire team.”
Man City leads second-placed Liverpool by four points and third-placed Chelsea by five, with Pep Guardiola’s side having played one more game than the chasers.