Manchester City were in fine form in the first half of their encounter with Sunderland on Boxing Day as they raced out to a 3-0 lead after just 22 minutes.
Goals from Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony added to their advantage, but it was Raheem Sterling who broke the deadlock with this effort just 13 minutes into the contest at the Etihad.
While the England international will undoubtedly hope to prove a point after being left out against Arsenal last time out, he will now be focused on helping his side close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City.
However, he owes large thanks to teammate Kevin De Bruyne who recorded his 10th assist of the season in all competitions with a perfect cross, while he added an 11th assist for Bony’s goal as he continues to establish himself as a creative source for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Nevertheless, the Chilean tactician will have been delighted with his side’s performance in general as they continued to dominate and showed a clinical edge to their play with three goals in three attacks.
While they threaten to add to their tally for the day, Pellegrini will hope that Liverpool are capable of doing his side a favour by ensuring that Claudio Ranieri’s side drop points in order to give them an opportunity to close the gap on the Foxes.
After suffering a disappointing setback against Arsenal and with speculation surfacing about Pep Guardiola’s possible move to Manchester next summer, as reported by the Metro, it is certainly a tricky time for the Citizens as they look to focus on their title chances.