Manchester City lost their sixth Premier League match of the season after going down to Everton on Sunday with a painful 4-0 result. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman provided the goals in a very entertaining match that saw City have much of the ball but failing to capitalize on their opportunities, while the Toffees needed just four shots on target to win the game in a convincing manner.
Pep Guardiola surprisingly made no changes to the team or the formation, and the dominance in display against West Ham last week was once again shown at Goodison. City were marvelous in possession, easily finding spaces and creating some good chances through great passing. But a combination of bad luck and poor finishing kept City from scoring.
On the other end, the defense was also great, not allowing any danger to develop inside their half. Until Gaël Clichy made a poor pass, John Stones was caught out of position, Nicolas Otamendi gave up on the play and Romelu Lukaku scored on the only shot taken by the Toffees in the entire first half.
At halftime, a good performance from City, but they were behind and needed a second half comeback.
In the first minute of the final period, Kevin Mirallas found himself alone in the box and scored the second to make things even tougher for the Citizens. Down 2-0, City had very few ideas and limited the attacking plan to multiple crosses into the box looking for the strikers. It didn't work, and Tom Davies added a third to make the result even worse.
Everton: Robles; Holgate, Williams, Mori; Coleman, Barry (McCarthy), Davies, Baines; Barkley (Lookman); Lukaku, Mirallas (Schneiderlin)
Goals: Lukaku (34'), Mirallas (46'), Davies (78'), Lookman (94')
Man City: Bravo; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Zabaleta (Iheanacho), Touré, De Bruyne; Silva; Agüero, Sterling
- City's defensive problems continue to be extremely annoying. You don't need a lot of chances. Everton scored four goals with their only four shots in the game. That's just insane.
- It's hard to understand because Everton won 4-0, but City were very good at times, especially in the first half. Dominating the entire game, the passing was beautiful and there were good chances. But the early goal in the second half destroyed the gameplan, and now things look bad.
- A very painful 4-0 loss, and the next game is against Tottenham. Yeah.