EPL round-up: Man City, Man Utd pick up midweek wins

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 14, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ruled out any chance of complacency from his side as they set a Premier League record.

"Our job depends on it if we win and we are happy in our jobs and our lives".

The Swansea manager admitted. "If you're Man City supporter it must be nice to see that football, but it wasn't nice from my point of view". We are so happy, we played really well - especially after the Old Trafford game.

Silva broke the deadlock at bottom club Swansea in the 27th minute by flicking in Bernardo Silva's cross from the right.

Asked if complanceny could kick in, Guardiola added: "That is not going to happen".

Aguero put the cherry on the cake in the 85th minute by surging away from a posse of defenders and finishing with a low shot.

Romelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.

The big Belgian rose between two defenders to head in Juan Mata's precise cross in the 25th-minute and made a point of not celebrating.

"I am pleased with the three points".

Four teams have recorded sequences of 11 wins: Alex Ferguson's Manchester United between December 2008 and March 2009, Chelsea from April to September 2009 (under Guus Hiddink and then Carlo Ancelotti), Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool between February and April 2014 and Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City between April and September 2015.

Even in recent weeks when they have often looked tired, they have so much talent to call upon that in every game, someone has inevitably been able to produce a match-winning contribution where other sides would fail to do so.

Serge Aurier scored a freaky goal from what looked to be an over-hit cross to break the deadlock, before the impressive Son Heung-min secured the points with his fourth goal in as many games.

"I think it's fantastic for us", said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. "We have many options to score goals and that is so important for us". "I'm happy with the performance".

Liverpool are fifth on goal difference after a 0-0 draw at home to dogged West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp rang the changes again with Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all starting and Loris Karius preferred to Simon Mignolet in goal.

West Brom have now gone a club-record 16 games without a win in all competitions, but the point took Alan Pardew's side out of the relegation zone.

Second-bottom West Ham nearly won it at the death, but Javier Hernandez's shot from Mark Noble's pass hit the bar and bounced just short of the line.

"Our reaction was that we were very passive, showing too much respect, not aggressive enough".

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off late on, receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Idrissa Gueye.

Leicester thumped Southampton 4-1 to ensure Claude Puel's return to St Mary's was a victorious one.

Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki scored twice for Leicester, with Riyad Mahrez and Andy King also on target, while Maya Yoshida replied for the hosts.

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