#5 Bernardo Silva rewarded Pep Guardiola faithKevin de Bruyne’s return gave the Manchester City manager a selection headache in midfield and attack owing to the glut of options at his disposal.
Expectedly, the Spaniard reintroduced the Belgian into midfield and moved the Portuguese playmaker into the forward positions.
It took less than five minutes for the decision to pay dividends, as Bernardo opened the scoring for the Citizens in the game’s opening exchanges.
The playmaker provided the assist for his side’s second too when he played in Sergio Aguero at the half-hour mark. His influence was apparent over the course of the game and he deservedly received the man of the match award.
#4 Aguero on course for Golden BootThe Argentinean finished sublimely to put City 2-0 up after 30 minutes played.
It was the forward’s 19th Premier League goal of the season and it took him two clear of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane who sit on 17 goals apiece.
Aguero has only ever claimed the top scorers’ award once and this year may represent the forward’s best opportunity to secure the prize for the second time.
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#2 It was another Ilkay Gundogan midfield master classAt the hub of the visitors’ build-up at Craven Cottage was Gundogan, who rarely put a foot wrong.
If the German international keeps at it, Fernandinho may have a hard time displacing the in-form midfielder who’s been fantastic in the Brazilian’s absence.
He wasn’t limited to City’s play in the first phase, but also contributed in attack - evidenced by his four chances created.
The German was unlucky not to score in the first-half when his well taken shot was whiskers away from making the net bulge.
#1 Scott Parker’s side were outdone by Pep’s high pressKnowing full well Fulham are a side with a plethora of mistakes in them, Guardiola sent his side out to apply pressure on the man with the ball in the early stages of the game in West London.
Predictably, they got their reward with two goals in the first 30 minutes, both coming from forced errors after City’s coordinated press high up the pitch.
Little details always come into play in determining results, and Pep got it spot on as City sealed a routine 2-0 win to put pressure on Liverpool in the title race.