Here’s Andy Hunter’s match report, which means we’re done here. Thank you all for your company and comments; enjoy the rest of the weekend and rest.
Roberto De Zerbi has thin, Del Piero dressers pointing into a beard. You don’t see that often.
And also about that:
Dundee United and Aberdeen the best sides in Scotland, what an incredible time that was.
Roy Keane is not impressed by… this could be some kind of football version of I Went To Market, but in this case Roy Keane is unimpressed with the way Pickford conceded Gundogan’s free kick – and he’s right. I’m not sure he could have made it, but I’m sure he could have tried harder.
Remaining City schedules: Chelsea at home, Brighton away, Brentford at home. You can cobble together reasons, each one is a hard game, but with a lot of effort.
Arsenal, if they win their last three games, will finish on 90 points, wThis means City need a win and two draws for their third title in a row and fifth in six seasons. It is impossible to see any other result.
On the way soon.
Brentford defeated West Ham 2-0, but with the last three points for Forest, five for Everton and seven for Leicester, they seem safe enough.
Gundogan, who always seems like the nicest guy, says Goodison has “got really, really hard on us”. But City won, and on his first goal, he said the defenders were busy with Haaland, so he had room, but when the ball came over, he had to adapt. He is a very experienced team, the margin for error is small, they know that, and because they have “lived this moment in the past”, they have an advantage. They have to keep calm and do their thing; well they are.
Sam Kerr has put Chelsea ahead with 22 minutes left!
As for Everton, they remain in fourth place, one point ahead of Leeds, two ahead of Leicester and two behind Forest.
Difficult at first, easy in the end. City lead Arsenal by four points with three to go, looking champions every inch. That’s 11 league victories in a row.
90+3mins Little bit of argy-bargy between Mina and Grealish, then Grealish runs over him and you wait for the big farming, but it doesn’t come true. City just keep the ball and they make the game look so easy.
90+2mins City turn it around, already playing the next game in their minds. That’s getting very, very serious.
90+1 min Another city change, Dias came out of work early on his birthday and Gomez replaced him.
90 minutes We get four extra minutes.
90 minutes Andy Hinchcliffe gives player of the match to Gundogan and rightly so. He turned a difficult afternoon into a leisurely trip.
89 minutes Speaking of a Phillips playing for City, how handsome was this one?
88 minutes Substitute for City and this time it’s Rodri who goes off; he has been replaced by Phillips (remember him?).
87 minutes Now McNeil crosses high, the ball flies miles away from everyone, and Grealish, whose shorts look a few sizes too small, is clattered by Doucoure.
87 minutes McNeil drills a low cross, Akanji cleared.
85 minutes “Pep needs to see his core group as fully fit and ready for action because I can’t imagine why he hasn’t introduced Lewis, Philips or Gomez and is instead putting Silva and Grealish on the line,” says Rich C. “Regarding not resting Rodri Well, I think the bald man knows.
Yes, it’s fair to say that he probably knows his team, the game and what it takes to win a title better than we do.
84 minutes Time goes by.
82 minutes That is, it is difficult to see how City do not win the treble. I don’t think Guardiola can think of a defeat against any of the Milan clubs, and as far as the cup final goes, United look like a team that has already played their best football this season, and without Lisandro Martinez are missing she. their playmaker and best defender.
80 minutes If so, I’m thinking of the next one. I can see how Madrid could beat City – they might outshine them and make them stronger in midfield, if Ancelotti is willing to leave out Kroos and Modric for Tchouameni and Cmavinga, which I doubt. Otherwise, they hope to defend well and see their superstars play better than City’s. I can’t really see that, and if City had Haaland they would have been flawless last season before football and Real Madrid took place, so I’d expect a 3-1 home win or something like that.
79 minutes Let’s face it: both parties know this game is over and are playing accordingly.
78 minutes Double substitution for City, Bernardo and Grealish for Gundogan and Haaland.
77 minutes Iwobi crosses from the left, but the ball won’t fall for Onana and Laporte puts in a shoe to play away.
76 minutes Dyche trades Garner for Gray; Garner disappears right down the tunnel, so he’s presumably gone mad somehow.
74 minutes Mahrez escapes to the right and swings over a cross that appears to be headed towards Haaland, but Patterson does well to stay with him and hook away. Then as the ball drops, Pickford delivers Haaland in the back of the head and I have no idea how that isn’t a penalty.
73 minutes Akanji goes left and throws a cross past everyone. I’m surprised Guardiola hasn’t made any changes yet, but I think he’ll keep the players he wants to keep. Still, I can’t imagine him wanting Rodri and Haaland out much longer.
71 minutes There is a lack of finesse and imagination on this side of Everton. I am sure if they stay Dyche will keep them afloat again next season but how they get good I have no idea given FFP, untrustworthy owners and a new ground being built.
70 minutes In the second game of the afternoon, Arsenal will take on Brighton. Follow the structure here:
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