At times in Manchester City’s 3-1 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park, the contest truly seemed like men against boys. Three first-half goals sent the Citizens on their way, romping to a mammoth 83 percent possession while never looking in danger.
Manchester City will win the league; that fact has been known for quite some time now. But Saturday’s win over the Toffees sets up a scenario that will captivate the entire footballing world on April 7.
In just under a week’s time, City will host bitter cross-town rivals Manchester United at the Etihad, and could hoist the Premier League trophy with a win. The match will doubtlessly be the game of the season, offering a mouthwatering array of storylines and drama that will not fail to disappoint.
The first is the remarkable feat of the Citizens’ dominating campaign, as no team has ever clinched the league earlier than the first week of April.
In addition, the league leaders are on the brink of setting Premier League records: they need only 12 more points from a possible 21 to set the record for most points in a season and are in touching distance of the best goal difference.
Furthermore, the clash of managerial egos will be fascinating to watch. Perhaps no man in England has a bigger ego than Jose Mourinho, and he surely will hate to see United’s dreaded rivals lift the trophy right in front of his nose. The Portuguese tactician will do everything in his power to deny City the joy of the title on derby day.
Add in the intrigue of a Manchester derby between the two best clubs in the Premier League, the match becomes must-watch television. Although the title race may be over, the drama certainly will not be next Saturday.