The numbers are just getting bigger and bigger as Manchester City surges toward another Premier League title with a 3-1 defeat of hosts Everton.
A 10-point lead. A 12-match winning run. Seventeen straight victories in all competitions.
The Toffees were the latest team brushed aside by Pep Guardiola’s side, with City opening up the biggest lead yet in the league this season.
Making the evening all the sweeter for Guardiola was the sight of his star player Kevin De Bruyne back on the field in a brief cameo as a substitute after a month out injured.
Everything seems to be falling into place as City close in on reclaiming the title from Liverpool.
City were being held 1-1 heading into the final half hour, after Everton forward Richarlison canceled out the deflected opener by Phil Foden, when Riyad Mahrez conjured up the moment of the match at Goodison Park.
Cutting in from the right in the 63rd, Mahrez took aim from the edge of the area and curled a shot in off the far post to restore the visitors’ lead for good.
Bernardo Silva added the sealer in the 77th with a not-too-dissimilar effort as he drifted in from the right flank and sent in a shot that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford got a hand on but couldn’t keep out.
City have won every match they has played since squeezing past Southampton 1-0 on December 19, a remarkable run that has come while their biggest title rivals – Liverpool and Manchester United – have started to drop away.
Guardiola was delighted with the mentality of his players.
“When you win a lot of games everyone wants to beat you and it is tricky,” he said.
“I have not seen that the team is thinking of the table… We are not here to defend our lead, it is all about three points, three points.
“There are 42 points still to fight for, we are in the middle of February.
“Now we rest for a few days, there are so many games.”
United and Leicester are City’s nearest challengers, both 10 points back.
Everton are seventh, three points behind their sixth-place Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Avoiding relegation is Fulham’s main goal after drawing 1-1 at Burnley to move to within six points of safety, with 14 games still to be played.
Looking to back up a win at Everton on Sunday, 18th-place Fulham took the lead at Turf Moor through defender Ola Aina in the 49th but conceded to Ashley Barnes three minutes later.
The result leaves Burnley eight points clear of Fulham in 15th.