Manchester City skipper Ilkay Gundogan was full of delight after netting double in victory at Everton.
The result sees City just one victory away from being confirmed champions of Premier League.
The German international, on his first goal, said: “It was instinct. It helped me a lot that Erling [Haaland] could distract both centre-backs. I saw the space created and tried to make the run. I was waiting for Riyad’s [Mahrez] ball. Even though it was at the back of my run it came quite well for me to take a touch. Everything after was instinct. I didn’t see any other option, I just tried to go for goal. It went well.”
On his second goal, he explained: “I tried to keep my run short. I feel that was a moment I was able to surprise him [Jordan Pickford] a bit. I thought he was thinking Riyad would take it. Our coaches, they showed a similar situation and told me if I step up for a free-kick like that, take a short run up and put it over the wall. it worked out perfectly even though the ball wasn’t that much in the corner.
“We just tried to play our style of football. We could have done better with some situations. With the third one we were able to kill the game and just focus on keeping possession. We knew it would be tough but that third goal helped us a lot.”