Man city 2-0 Cardiff: Champions return to exact of Premier League

Leroy Sane doubled Man metropolis's lead just earlier than the interval

Manchester city moved again above Liverpool at the exact of the Premier League after easing to victory towards struggling Cardiff.

An eighth successive league win for the defending champions was seldom unsure and ability they lead Jurgen Klopp's group with the aid of some extent with six games remaining.

Pep Guardiola's facet, who are chasing an remarkable quadruple, understand they're going to finish exact in the event that they win their final fits but it is not likely lots of them should be as simple as this one.

Kevin de Bruyne took simply 5 minutes to open the scoring along with his first league purpose in view that 22 December, working on to Aymeric Laporte's move and squeezing his shot into the roof of the net from a decent angle.

extra Manchester city possession and chances adopted, earlier than Leroy Sane made it 2-0 simply before half-time, burying his shot into the backside corner after a neat chested knock-down from Gabriel Jesus.

Cardiff, who stay five elements adrift of protection, barely threatened at the different conclusion and did not register an effort at intention or a dash within the home enviornment unless Junior Hoilett had a hopeful shot blocked at the very conclusion of the first half.

They did not manage a serious foray forward until Oumar Niasse broke away to force Ederson into a excellent shop after 85 minutes, while Manchester city continued to pepper Neil Etheridge's aim with shots.

Phil Foden had two efforts brilliantly stopped through Etheridge as he tried unsuccessfully to mark his first league beginning with a intention, whereas Jesus noticed an complex flick fly vast when it appeared easy to tap the ball home, with his blushes saved by an offside flag.

despite failing to add to their tally in the 2nd half, Manchester city's intention change is now 9 greater than Liverpool's - however the Reds can exchange them on the proper in the event that they win at Southampton on Friday.

city's squad steps as much as comfortable win

The domestic aspect's superiority intended they were in a position to coast through gigantic elements of this game, however they face a punishing agenda if they are to develop into the primary English group to manipulate a clear sweep across four fronts.

they're going to play twice a week for the leisure of April, with their subsequent two exams against Brighton of their FA Cup semi-closing at Wembley on Saturday and Tottenham within the first leg of their Champions League quarter-ultimate on Tuesday.

Guardiola praises 'wonderful' Foden efficiency

All of Manchester city's squad will certainly play some half in a the following few weeks, so it must had been reassuring for Guardiola to look some of his lesser-used players in such convincing kind here.

With Sergio Aguero injured and Raheem Sterling left on the bench, it became left to Jesus to guide the road and youngsters he did not manage a aim himself, his non-stop operating frequently spread out spaces for others.

Like Jesus, Riyad Mahrez has additionally been wanting first-team starts these days. One early misplaced pass introduced groans from his facet's fans but he endured to seem active and may have had a penalty when he was fouled within the box within the 2d half.

Foden compelled Etheridge into a excellent store and hit the submit within the 2d-half as he seemed completely relaxed in his surroundings, understandable given his first-team appearances in different competitions, whereas a healthy-again De Bruyne is certainly a tremendous increase to metropolis's hopes.

The best cloud on an in any other case pretty a whole lot perfect nighttime turned into an early damage to Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has made the left-returned slot his personal on account that the birth of the 12 months.

Cardiff can haven't any complaints about this effect

Huddersfield and Fulham have already been relegated from the Premier League and Cardiff are fighting to steer clear of becoming a member of them.

The Bluebirds did nothing to enrich their situation right here, but their survival possibilities were always going to rely more on how they fare in their next two games - away at Burnley and Brighton, who're two of the three groups automatically above them - than their outcome towards Guardiola's crew.

Cardiff couldn't have given any longer - Warnock

a few key selections went against the Bluebirds of their defeat with the aid of Chelsea on Sunday, bringing a livid reaction from supervisor Neil Warnock, however on this occasion he cannot argue that his side deserved more than they acquired.

Their makes an attempt to keep the domestic facet out seemed doomed to failure from the second Jesus overlooked a De Bruyne move through a depend of millimetres simply 30 seconds into the video game, and things didn't increase lots from that factor.

If Niasse had taken his possibility when he ran clear, then the guests might have made the last five minutes of the game into greater of a contest, however Cardiff have been obviously second optimum right through.

Man of the in shape - Kevin de Bruyne (Man metropolis) Manchester metropolis's main man closing season has been denied many minutes in this crusade by a sequence of accidents but he looks able to make up for misplaced time within the ultimate two months of the season.'he's able' - what they spoke of

Manchester city boss Pep Guardiola to BBC recreation: "We played really well. We begun really smartly. a magnificent intention from Kevin de Bruyne. sadly we ignored lots of chances; we deserve to rating more desires.

"Phil Foden performed excellently. He did every little thing, arriving in the right positions with the correct tempo. He always has chances, has a way of goal. he's ready, we are aware of it, to play any video game in any position.

"He competes with David Silva, Kevin, [Ilkay] Gundogan, Bernardo [Silva]. He trains superb."

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Cardiff metropolis boss Neil Warnock to BBC sport: "I don't believe my avid gamers could've given us to any extent further. i was dissatisfied to concede early doors. They stream it so at once, it is complicated.

"it would had been entertaining if we scored on the conclusion to look how apprehensive we might have made them, but I have to be completely satisfied.

"the primary purpose - Neil Etheridge performed really well - he knew he may still've saved it. I shouted to Kevin de Bruyne at half-time: 'Kevin, did you mean that? tell me the fact.' He mentioned: 'No I did not.' So i will be able to let Neil off, although he may still nevertheless reserve it!"

On Cardiff's survival options: "that you can have the funds for the unusual draw but I suppose we should win three as a minimum, add a draw and who is aware of?"

Fortress Etihad - the stats
  • Manchester metropolis have won 23 of their 25 domestic suits across all competitions in 2018-19 (L2), including sixteen of 17 within the Premier League (L1).
  • handiest Chelsea in 2004-05 (31 video games) and Manchester metropolis closing season (30 video games) have reached 80 aspects (assuming three features for a win) in fewer video games in English appropriate-flight heritage than city have this season (32 games).
  • Cardiff stay the handiest facet in Premier League heritage to have in no way received a midweek fit (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) within the competitors (P11 W0 D3 L8). they've scored just two dreams of their 11 such fixtures.
  • Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has lost all eight of his managerial league suits towards the reigning properly-flight champions, together with six within the Premier League; only Paul Jewell (eight) and Paul Lambert (seven) have a poorer 100% loss price in opposition t reigning champions within the competitors.
  • only Blackburn Rovers (18 in 1994-95) have ever scored more desires within the opening quarter-hour of their games in a single Premier League season than Manchester city have in 2018-19 (17).
  • Leroy Sane has had a hand in 24 goals in his past 21 appearances at Etihad Stadium for Manchester city in all competitions (nine dreams, 15 assists).
  • With a regular age of 25 years and 139 days, Manchester city's beginning XI against Cardiff become their youngest in a Premier League healthy on the grounds that April 2011 in opposition t Sunderland (24 years 341 days).
  • Phil Foden (18 years 310 days) changed into the youngest participant to make his first Premier League start for Manchester metropolis for the reason that Jose Pozo towards Leicester in December 2014 (18 years 273 days), and youngest English player to do so on the grounds that Daniel Sturridge in January 2008 in opposition t Derby (18 years 151 days).
  • What's subsequent?

    city head for Wembley for the fourth time this season this weekend to face Brighton (17:30 BST, reside on BBC One), having won on all three old visits - the neighborhood protect, Spurs in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup closing.

    Cardiff have the weekend off. they're subsequent in action at Burnley on 13 April (15:00).