Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus put Manchester City back on top at Everton
Manchester City have had to wait 52 days to remind themselves what it is like to be looking down on the rest of the Premier League table and, having played catch-up for that length of time, it is fair to assume they will be happily enjoying the view from the top. True, Liverpool have a game in hand to put themselves in front again. Yet City are still entitled to feel invigorated when there was a seven-point deficit at one point and the possibility, as Pep Guardiola has acknowledged, that the reigning champions looked done.
Only a small possibility, mind, and more fool anyone for thinking that a team with City’s gifts would relinquish their grip on the title without a heck of a struggle. They look ready for the battle and their latest triumph was precisely the kind of victory, to borrow the old cliche, that every successful team requires in a championship season. Not at their most fluent, perhaps, but still talented enough for that not to matter, scoring in the final seconds of each half through Aymeric Laporte and the substitute Gabriel Jesus.