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Brilliant City destroy Stoke

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“This was the best yet”, said a smiling Pep after Manchester City completely demolished the Stoke defence to win by a huge 7-2 margin at the Etihad in the eight game-week. City now sit pretty on the top in the League table while Stoke slipped to the 17th spot. Stoke City won their earlier encounter in the league; a nervous 2-1 win over Southampton while Man City completely outclassed title defenders Chelsea last time out.

Aguero did not start the match as expected after his horrific car accident a couple of weeks earlier but still made it to the bench. City opened the score-sheet after 17 minutes on the clock as a poor Darren Fletcher ball resulted in a Gabriel Jesus tap-in via a Walker pass. Sterling struck two minutes later as a perfect De Bruyne pass found Sane who provided Raheem a juicy opportunity. Superb ball-play and exemplary passing resulted in City’s third goal as Sterling assisted a David Silva goal. Stoke did find a goal as a Diouf shot deflected off Delph into the net in the 44th minute.

A deadly Tom Edwards cross early in the second half found the head of Diouf which then deflects off Walker for an own-goal to give Stoke an inspiring 3-2 catch-up. But City kept on attacking and Jesus scored yet another beauty via a De Bruyne cross in the 55th minute. Much was in store as Fernandinho scored a long-ranging stunner in the 60th minute to give the host a mammoth 5-2 lead. A glorious De Bruyne pass seven minutes later, cutting through four Stoke defenders found its way to Sane in-front of the goalkeeper to score City’s sixth goal of the night. Things did not end yet as substitute Bernardo Silva scored his first goal in city colours in the 79th minute assisted by Sterling.

City’s next fixture is a Champions League tie against Seria A league leaders Napoli who is yet to lose a single match this season while Stoke welcome 19th placed Bournemouth next week.