MANCHESTER City earned a third straight win to start the Premier League season, beating Everton 2-0 thanks to second-half goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri on Sunday in England.
Kolarov put City ahead in the 60th minute when he charged up from left back, ran onto Raheem Sterling’s pass and beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard at his near post with a shot from an acute angle.
Nasri came on as a substitute and scored the second by chipping Howard after playing a one-two with Yaya Toure.
City tops the standings by two points as it looks to win a third league title in five years.
It was another statement of intent by City, which has spent more than $150 million US this summer in a bid to reclaim the title from Chelsea and win it for a third time in five seasons
After 3-0 wins against both West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini’s side has opened up a two-point lead, scored eight goals â€” with seven different scorers â€” and is looking much more solid in defence.
City centre backs Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala, often criticized last season, have hardly put a foot wrong in three matches and Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi, who was signed on Thursday for 40 million euros ($44 million US), won’t have an easy task getting in the starting team.
“We are continuing the way we finished last season, said Pellegrini. “If you want to win silverware, you have to be consistent.”
Rodriguez makes immediate impact for Chelsea
Pedro Rodriguez was signed by Chelsea to inject some life into the English champions after their lackluster start to the season.
He took 30 minutes to do just that.
The Spain forward scored one goal and set up another in his first half-hour, sending Chelsea on its way to a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion for a first victory of its title defense.
Crisis averted for Chelsea, which had opened with one point from two games, but there’s still a way to go to catch first-place Manchester City.
Southampton in relegation zone after draw
Watford and Southampton drew 0-0 as both teams continued to search for a first Premier League win of the season after a scrappy draw at Vicarage Road.
Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue each had an excellent chance to snatch all three points for the newly promoted Hornets but both failed to convert from close range as the teams were forced to settle for a point.
Southampton duo Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, linked with moves away to Manchester United and Tottenham respectively, started the fixture but Mane left the field through injury just 25 minutes into the first half.
Watford has now drawn all three of its opening matches of the campaign while Southampton finds itself in the relegation zone after two draws and a defeat. – CBC Sports