Manchester City ran rampant in a landslide victory over Leeds on Tuesday, and manager Pep Guardiola sealed a Premier League record in the process.
City beat Leeds 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with six different scorers for Guardiola’s side. Kevin De Bruyne was the player to score twice, with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake also scoring. It was a complete performance, with injury-plagued Leeds United quickly humiliated.
De Bruyne’s second was the pick of the lot, snapping a long-range shot that crashed into the back of the net just under the crossbar for a 5-0 lead with half an hour to go and much more to come. The Belgian, upon his return to the starting lineup, won the club’s Man of the Match award for outstanding performance.
In all, Man City racked up a total of 3.33 xG according to InfoGol, placing 15 of his 24 shots in the frame. Meanwhile, Leeds managed just 0.26 xG in 7 speculative efforts, including one from inside the penalty area.
Foden’s goal for Man City’s opener was the 500th Premier League goal scored during Guardiola’s tenure at Man City. That milestone was reached in just 207 games, the fastest any coach has seen his team reach 500 goals.
Jurgen Klopp was the previous starter, with the German coach scoring 500 goals in 234 games for Liverpool.
The victory was Manchester City’s second-largest in the top flight, behind only their 8-0 win over Watford in 2019. The Citizens also raced Norwich City 7-0 in 2013.
Man City now lead the Premier League table by four points over Liverpool, with Chelsea five points clear in third place. Leeds’ smash helped the club’s goal differential enormously, taking Man City to +31, two behind Liverpool, which is at +33, the best mark in the league. In a close Premier League run between the top three clubs, he could come into play at the end of the season.