Manchester City wins 20th straight game to lead Premier League by 13 points

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Manchester City gained its 20th straight game in all competitions and opened up a 13-point lead within the Premier League by beating West Ham 2-1 thanks to objectives from heart backs Ruben Dias and John Stones on (*13*).

Playing lower than 72 hours after a Champions League match in Budapest, City produced considered one of its sloppiest shows in latest months however emerged with its successful run intact as Stones swept within the decisive objective within the 68th minute from Riyad Mahrez’s move.

Dias, Stones’ associate in central protection, put City in entrance off a header from a deep left-footed cross by Kevin De Bruyne within the thirtieth just for Pep Guardiola’s group to concede its first dwelling objective in 2{ months when Michail Antonio equalized simply earlier than halftime.

“Some days it doesn’t come off for the forwards, and today me and Ruben chipped in,” Stones stated. “That’s part of us being such a good team and the collective. In big games or important games, everyone chips in, maybe sometimes the person you don’t expect.”

It was City’s 14th win in a row within the league _ solely the sixth time that has been achieved in English top-flight historical past. Three of these have been attained by City below Guardiola since his arrival in 2016.

Manchester United and Leicester are tied for points as City’s nearest rivals, and each play Sunday.

Guardiola rotated his group, as he promised he would, and included file scorer Sergio Aguero within the beginning lineup for the primary time within the league since Oct. 24 _ coincidentally in opposition to West Ham, too.

The injury-plagued Argentina striker lasted solely 60 minutes earlier than being taken off and he seemed off the tempo. He was partially to blame for West Ham’s Forty third-minute objective, too, after shedding possession cheaply inside City’s half earlier than the guests broke ahead rapidly by Pablo Fornals and Vladimir Coufal.

Jesse Lingard turned Coufal’s cross towards objective and Antonio utilized the ultimate contact from shut vary.

West Ham, within the unusually elevated place of fourth, allowed City few clear-cut alternatives at an empty Etihad Stadium and posed fairly a risk on the different finish.

Antonio struck the submit earlier than his objective, whereas heart again Issa Diop headed narrowly vast within the third and ultimate minute of stoppage time.

“We had to fight right until the last few minutes,” Stones stated. “They made it troublesome. So, actually happy.

“We weren’t (playing) our free-flowing football like we have been used to in recent weeks, but that’s how they set up against us. We showed great character in the second half.”

City has gained all of its video games _ throughout 4 competitions _ since a 1-1 draw in opposition to West Bromwich Albion on Dec. 15, which left Guardiola’s aspect in ninth place within the league on the time. That was the final time City had conceded at dwelling, and even that was an own-goal by Dias.

Antonio turned the primary opposition participant to rating a objective from open play in opposition to City on the Etihad in 12 league video games, since James Maddison of Leicester on Sept. 27.

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