Manchester City dominated Sunderland and picked up a comfortable 4-1 win on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium after scoring three goals in the first half.
Raheem Sterling opened up the scoring in the 12th minute, Yaya Toure added a second five minutes later and Wilfried Bony made it 3-0 in the 22nd minute. Kevin De Bruyne made it 4-0 in the 54th minute before Fabio Borini scored a consolation goal for Sunderland in the 59th minute.
“It was a very important victory – not only because we won the three points but also because of the way we played,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the game.
“We returned to our normal performance of playing attractive football, trying to scoring goals.
“I said after the Arsenal game it is difficult when you lose to discuss positive things but we had more than 60% of possession for the ball so that gave me some sign we were returning to our style.
Of course, it is better to win 4-0 than 4-1 – for me, it is better to win 7-1 – but if you tell me we will win every game 4-1 until the end of the season, I don’t have a problem!”
Pellegrini also gave an update on the injury situation at the club, as several players will be making their way back in the near future.
“We were playing too many games with the same 13 or 14 players,” Pellegrini said. “We left Kevin out for one game and now he has returned with the performance we know he can do every game.
“David is also coming back from a long injury and when David plays well, the whole team plays well.
“It is important to recover. I hope we have Kun 100% fit next week. With players 100% fit, we have more options to fight in all competitions.
“Kun was on the bench in case we needed him in the second half. In three days, we have a difficult game at Leicester and then 10 games in January.
“He had a small problem so it was better for him not to take any risks. We were winning 3-0 in the first half so it was better for him to rest. He will be 100% on Tuesday.
“Zabaleta and Fernando worked over the last two or three days but although they are fit, they are not ready.
“Against Watford, both of them will be in the squad.”