Manchester City and Everton played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night in a battle of the summer’s big spenders.
Wayne Rooney struck on 35 minutes, with his 200th Premier League goal to give Everton the lead, only for Raheem Sterling to grab a point for City near the end with a smart volley.
It was an intriguing early-season encounter between two of the Premier League’s most astute coaches.
FOX Sports Asia takes a look at four talking points from Monday’s match:
While the result was not ideal for Pep Guardiola’s side, the stats show that they were the dominant force. With more than 60 percent possession in both halves, despite being down to 10 men in the second City saw lots of the ball. They may have struggled to break down a determined Everton side, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. David Silva hit the post as City rained in 19 efforts on goal before Raheem Sterling finally brought them level with eight minutes remaining. Pep will be frustrated, but given they were a man down for more than half the match the only thing he will be disappointed with is City’s lack of a finishing touch.
Koeman tactically astute
Everton began the game with a back three, although it ended up more like a back five as Leroy Sane and Kyle Walker pinned the Everton fullbacks back in their own half for much of the opening period. With man-to-man marking employed on Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, Koeman tried to frustrate City by shutting down their creative duo, and he managed to nullify the threat somewhat. A point at the Etihad against a side with such attacking riches is nothing to be sniffed at and Koeman deserves some kudos for his tactical nouse.
Wayne Rooney arrived back home in the summer with a lot to prove and two games into the season he is already on his way to showing last season’s doubters how wrong they were. Two goals in two league games and brighter all round performances show that the former England captain still has a lot to offer at the top level, although United were probably right to let him go as things had gone a bit stale for Rooney at Old Trafford. A move and a Goodison return may have been just the kickstart Rooney needed. Would anyone bet against an England recall if he continues to show the same form?
Two red cards?
This was not a dirty match yet Kyle Walker and Morgan Schneiderlin received their marching orders from referee Bobby Madley. Both decisions were questionable. Walker had just been booked when he barged into Dominic Calvert-Lewin as they vied for a high ball. Foul? Perhaps, but was it worthy of a booking? Probably not. Schneiderlin meanwhile, should have known better than to slide in on Sergio Aguero when already on a booking. Yes, he got the ball. But his trailing leg caught Aguero and the Argentine took full advantage of the Frenchman’s miscalculation to get him a second yellow. Had VAR technology been in place, then Schneiderlin may have been given an instant reprieve. But for now he will have to wait and see if the review panel are feeling generous.