Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Man City ease past Sunderland to keep up title chase

Man City ease past Sunderland to keep up title chase

Relegation-threatened Sunderland came storming out of the blocks at the Stadium of Light against Pep Guardiola's City side.

"But that's true. We are there behind, of course, Chelsea because they are nearly unstoppable".

"We played well in the first game against them this season (when Sunderland lost 2-1 on the opening weekend of the season), and we have to do the same again". Barely had they been asked a question by the hosts in the entire 90 minutes, but that all changed when the Spaniard strode on to the pitch to engage in some robust post-game debriefs. Guardiola refused to be drawn on whether they can eat into the eight-point deficit they must make up on leaders Chelsea, an advantage Antonio Conte's side can further stretch when the travel to West Ham tonight. But now, of course, we are in a position when you arrive in March and April, every game if you win, you stay; if you lose, you are out.

The defeat means Sunderland have won just one of their last 10 league games, however David Moyes again refused to accept his team, now six points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, are down. With a win, Manchester City would leapfrog Liverpool and Tottenham and move into second place.

But they did after 41 minutes when Yaya Toure carried the ball forward and Silva played in Sterling, who crossed low for Aguero to finish.

Moyes signed Stones for Everton from Barnsley four years ago and is a big fan of the defender
Moyes signed Stones for Everton from Barnsley four years ago and is a big fan of the defender

Sunderland boss David Moyes, who saw Jermain Defoe hit a post at 0-0, was able to take some comfort from his team's performance, but knows the club face another major fight to retain their top-flight status.

And with games coming up in the FA Cup and Champions League in the next 10 days, Silva believes they can challenge for silverware as manager Pep Guardiola pushes them to get even better. That's what kept us up - not the unbelievable football we played.

But as is so often the case with this Sunderland side, they were unable to get to half-time without conceding a goal in the latter stages of the first half.

He continued: "They have a busy programme and that in itself can be a real negative because they have to come up here lots of other games on the horizon".

"I think when you have such a strong person like Guardiola coming in, the changes are too big and the players are finding it hard to apply it".

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