Manchester City bounced back to form with a five-goal rout of Newcastle on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men have now won all four games at the Etihad since the restart by a combined score of 17-0 after thumping Newcastle 5-0.
Gabriel Jesus was one of the main culprits when it came to missed chances at St Mary’s, but the Brazilian needed just 10 minutes to score against Newcastle as he steered David Silva’s cross into the far corner.
Kevin De Bruyne then picked out Riyad Mahrez for a simple finish.
There was more than a hint of fortune to City’s third as Matt Ritchie’s attempted clearance ricocheted off Federico Fernandez into his own net.
Silva’s appearances at the Etihad are running out, with the Spaniard ending his 10-year stay in Manchester when City’s season finishes in August.
He left another reminder of why he will be so missed with a sumptuous free-kick to make it four.
And Silva turned provider again in stoppage time for Raheem Sterling to round off the scoring.
“His performance today and in the last games, the level he is having is the best of the season,” Guardiola said of Silva.
City will find out next week if the club’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competition to the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been successful.
But they have almost done the job on the field to qualify for the Champions League for a 10th consecutive season with a 14-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United, who have five games remaining.
“We played good, at the same level as the last games. Today we score the goals we missed the last game,” Guardiola said.
SOURCE: Yahoo Sports