Despite being 8 points behind the previous league toppers Arsenal for most of the campaign, Pep Guardiola’s strength in the depth has finally spoken as Arsenal keeps on slipping.
Manchester City came to Craven Cottage, an away setting where they faced the relentless Fulham in hopes of bridging the gap between Arsenal.
Pep’s side quickly began the proceedings as they won an early penalty and who better to take it than the leading goalscorer of the season Erling Haaland. The Norwegian powerfully stroke the ball in the right corner to get City 1 nil up.
With that goal, Erling Haaland broke a 92-year-old longstanding English football record. The 22-year-old striker became the first player to score 50 goals in all competitions of English football. This is the first time since 1931 that a player has been able to achieve such a feat.
Haaland also tied with legends Alan Shearer and Andy Cole for the leading goal scorer in the Premier League with 34 league goals, despite the former players achieving the status in a 42-game season.
Manchester City manager congratulated his forward for last night’s performance: “Before Winston Churchill was prime minister? Wow. Sounds a long time ago. Congratulations to Erling. The best goal to help us achieve what we want is still there,”
In the match, Fulham did score an equaliser after 12 minutes but that stayed as their only shot on target throughout the match.
The Argentina forward Julian Alvarez gave Citizens the lead before halftime with a ‘wonder goal’. Manchester City stayed true to their strength and dominated the rest of the match with their possession play.
There was a sigh of relief once the final whistle was blown as City came on top once again in the Premier League. With Arsenal ‘bottling the league’, Manchester City is now in a prime position to defend their league title.
With Pep Guardiola and Co. still dominating the Champions League and are in the FA Cup final, chances for Manchester City to win the treble are becoming brighter than ever.