Man City move top of Premier League | Pep: We did our job


Manchester City moved ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool to the top of the Premier League with a routine 5-1 victory over Luton.

With their title rivals both playing on Super Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s side made no mistake against the relegation strugglers, taking just 90 seconds to open the scoring when Erling Haaland’s effort deflected in off the unfortunate Daiki Hashioka.

It was one-way traffic for the majority of the game with City’s first-half haul of 51 touches in the Luton box the most ever recorded in a first half of a Premier League game since Opta started capturing the data.

They had to wait until 64 minutes for the second but it was worth the wait when Mateo Kovacic found the top corner with a fantastic strike. Haaland then grabbed his 20th Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot before Ross Barkley pulled one back for Luton.

That only poked the beast as City scored two late goals through Jeremy Doku and Josko Gvardiol which rubber-stamped the easy win.

Guardiola said of his players: “They know if they drop points, no chance. I don’t know [what will happen] tomorrow but, knowing today, they [Liverpool and Arsenal] will win 100 per cent.

“The only way is to win our games and put the pressure. Luton is a difficult game, okay we score five goals. This is the only message we can do.

“We have six games and after if we are not able, congratulate them. But we have done our job and that is what we have to do.”

Player ratings:

Man Utd: Ederson (7), Lewis (7), Dias (7), Akanji (7), Gvardiol (8), Kovacic (8), De Bruyne (8), Nunes (7), Alvarez (6), Doku (8), Haaland (7)

Subs: Gomez (7), Bobb (7)

Luton: Kaminski (7), Onyedinma (6), Burke (6), Hashioka (6), Doughty (7), Berry (6), Barkley (7), Clark (6), Townsend (6), Chong (6), Morris (6)

Subs: Woodrow (7), Mpanzu (6), Johnson (6), Nelson (6)

Player of the Match: Jeremy Doku

How City reached the Premier League summit…

Josko Gvardiol is congratulated after scoring Man City's fifth goal against Luton
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Josko Gvardiol is congratulated after scoring Man City’s fifth goal against Luton

Rodri, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva and John Stones sat out as Pep Guardiola rotated ahead of their second leg with Real Madrid while goalkeeper Ederson replaced Stefan Ortega.

Kyle Walker was also on the bench after recovering from injury.

City were in no mood for making this a difficult afternoon and were ahead inside two minutes.

Thomas Kaminski did well to save after Haaland had been played through by Kevin de Bruyne but he was eventually beaten when Haaland’s acrobatic volley was heading well wide until it took a huge deflection off Hashioka’s head and ended up in the net.

Luton offered nothing as an attacking threat but defended with great determination.

Kaminski parried a powerful effort from Gvardiol before also collecting efforts from Matheus Nunes, De Bruyne and Ruben Dias.

It felt like a training exercise for City at times and City finally doubled the lead with a Kovavic thunderbolt just after the hour as the Croatian hit an unstoppable effort from the edge of the area.

Luton responded with their first meaningful attack, and Fred Onyedinma pulled the ball back for Cauley Woodrow, but the substitute fired against the bar.

Normal service was soon resumed with the lively Doku winning a penalty after tricking and being brought down by Onyedinma. Haaland calmly sent Kaminski the wrong way.

Barkley pulled one back but City finished with a strong surge in the final furlong.

Doku got the goal his performance merited, slaloming past some desperate Luton defending and sliding into the corner before Gvardiol hammered home his second goal in a week.

Over to you, Liverpool and Arsenal.


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Pep on title race: What a privilege

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side showed patience and composure in their 5-1 win against Luton.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: “We spoke to the players about how incredible it is to be here again. Before the game we spoke and said ‘we have to admit it, what a privilege’.

“After what we have done in the previous seasons: fighting for the title one point behind, 70 points, 21 points left, on Wednesday playing against Real Madrid with the chance to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals with all the energy our fans will bring, all the best positive moods they will bring to us here, and then FA Cup next Saturday to reach the final. What a privilege to be here.

“Imagine to be [in with] no chance of the Premier League or no chance for the other competitions.”

Opta stats: Haaland hits 20 goals

Erling Haaland converts a penalty to give Man City a 3-0 lead against Luton
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Erling Haaland converts a penalty to give Man City a 3-0 lead against Luton

  • Haaland has scored against all 22 sides he’s faced in the Premier League. Having also netted five against Luton in the FA Cup this season, he’s the first Manchester City player to net six goals against an opponent in a single season since Sergio Agüero against Newcastle in 2015-16.
  • Haaland became just the third player to score 20+ goals in both of his first two Premier League campaigns, after Andrew Cole (1993-94, 1994-95) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (first 3 in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04).
  • City had 37 shots in this match, their most in a Premier League game since March 2015 against West Bromwich Albion (43).

What’s next?

Manchester City will host the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday April 17. The first leg finished 3-3. Kick-off 8pm.

City then face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday April 20 in the FA Cup semi-finals at 5.15pm. Pep Guardiola’s side returns to Premier League action on Thursday April 25 at Brighton, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 8pm.

Luton’s survival bid continues with a home fixture against Brentford on Saturday April 20. Kick-off 3pm.

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