Man City v Everton Match Analysis

A match consisting of a lot of Manchester City possession (65%) but very few chances in the first half.

Everton defended reasonably well and kept the ball well at the back when they had the opportunity. Unfortunately, they don’t have the players in the midfield and advanced areas to keep the ball up the field. They looked dangerous when they do get it up top to Calvert-Lewin but going long to do so was often their only option.

The BT sport commentary team deemed this as negative and even Ancellotti was frustrated with the toffees lack of forward passes but City’s pressing led by De Bruyne is tough to cope with and I don’t think they could have done much better without constantly losing possession.

City did what you’d expect from them and Foden looked bright but without David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Auguero they lack that creativity and cutting edge to create chance after chance but they had enough quality to get the game won in the second half. The key was always going to be breaking the deadlock and Jesus provided two very tidy finishes. That’s 13 for the season now for the Brazilian striker.

Claudio Bravo is not Ederson. His initial coolness turned into clumsiness as he gave the ball away for Everton to create and score a goal that got them back into the game.

City held on for the deserved 2-1 win but they certainly could have made it easier for themselves.