Everton were well beaten at home by Manchester City, as the Blues succumb to 1-3 defeat at Goodison Park.
Everton had hope going into the second half with a score line of 1-1, after Richarlison cancelled out Phil Foden’s goal but Man City came out on top after 90 mins with goals from Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva.
Carlo Ancelotti was forced to make an early substitution just 18 minutes in when centre back Yerry Mina went down injured. The experienced Seamus Coleman coming on in his place.
Just after the half hour mark City took the lead through Phil Foden after the midfielder rifled in a loose ball in the box.
Everton were quick to reply with Richarlison levelling the game just five minutes later.
The Brazilian found himself in the right place at the right time after Lucas Digne struck the post before the ball came of Richarlison to find the back of the net.
City proved to be too strong in the second half with Everton barely having the ball and struggling trouble Ederson’s goal.
In the last half hour, a curling effort from Marhez, and a powerful strike from Silva, both from outside the area extended Manchester City’s lead at the top to 10 points.
Post match comments
Speaking after the game Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted how difficult the match was, saying:
“It was hard, almost impossible. At the moment they are the best team, they have quality, power, belief.”
“it is very difficult to compete with them.”
Ancelotti was not demoralised saying: “We don’t need to have regrets for this game. In this moment, you can lose against Man City.
“From my point of view, the performance was good for one hour defending. Offensively we could do better when we had the ball.”
Carlo Ancelotti believes City are on track for their third Premier League title in four seasons.
The Italian manager took the opportunity to challenge his side to hit back this Saturday in the 238th Merseyside derby.
Speaking about Yerry Mina who came of injured, Ancelotti said: “Mina had a problem on his calf.
“I think he will not be available for the game on Saturday.”
Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful that top goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Brazilian midfielder Allan will be available for Saturday’s Merseyside derby.