Gvardiol Double Sinks Fulham As Man City Go Top Of Premier League


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AFP

London: Manchester City swept to the top of the PremierLeague
as Josko Gvardiol's double inspired a vital 4-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side are two wins away from lifting an unprecedented fourth successive English title after a commanding display at Craven Cottage.

Gvardiol put City ahead early on before Phil Foden's 25th goal in all competitions this season increased their lead.

By the time Gvardiol netted his second, City were strolling to three priceless points on a sunlit afternoon on the banks of the River Thames.

Julian Alvarez underlined City's superiority with a late penalty after Fulham's Issa Diop was sent off for fouling the Argentine.

Now two points clear of second-placed Arsenal, City will look for a favour from their arch rivals Manchester United, who host the Gunners on Sunday.

If Arsenal fail to win at Old Trafford, City will be crowned champions if they beat Tottenham on Tuesday or West Ham in their final game on May 19.

"Gvardiol's goals were absolutely unexpected. He is unbelievable with both feet," Guardiola said.

"We played really well and now we recover, then come back to London to play the big final (against Tottenham) to try to retain our title."

Regardless of Arsenal's remaining results against United and Everton, City know two more victories will make it a remarkable six titles in the last seven seasons.

"The great players enjoy playing with great pressure. These players in the last few years have been able to do it and we are again in the latter stages," Guardiola said.

"Our dream was to arrive in the last games with it in our hands, to play West Ham at home with the destiny belonging to us."

City's 16th successive win against Fulham -- the longest run of consecutive victories over one team in English football
history -- also mathematically ended third-placed Liverpool's title challenge.

Asked why he was wearing a jumper in the searing west London heat, the superstitious Guardiola added: "I used this outfit many times so we keep it as it is. Even if it is 45 degrees!"

Guardiola had labelled the Fulham game as the first of four "finals" for City as they aim to clinch the title and then beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

They rose to his challenge in style and will head to Tottenham next week boasting a 21-game unbeaten league run, having also trimmed Arsenal's goal difference advantage over them to just two.

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