Guardiola lays City’s mental frailties bare after Goodison rout

Guardiola had switched John Stones, given a harsh reception on his Goodison return, to the left of City’s central defence to combat Lukaku’s tendency to cut inside on to his favoured foot.Stones forced through the move to City in August following a protracted saga, which ended with the 22-year-old’s 47.5 million pound ($57.76 million) switch to Manchester that made him the one of the most expensive defenders in history.They won convincingly in their last home match against Southampton displaying a fluid performance which Toffees fans will be hoping can be repeated here.Romelu Lukaku netted his 12th goal of the season in the loss to Claudio Ranieri’s men, and the Goodison Park faithful will be hoping that the Belgian global can lead the Merseyside club to victory on Sunday.- Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman became the 16th and 17th different teenagers to score a Premier League goal for Everton; the joint-most in the competition with Arsenal.Should he fail to get a minimum of fourth, I would imagine he will be shown the exit door, which makes getting his team back up to speed a matter of vast importance.Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. “In the other games I don’t feel that feeling that the opponents were much better”.City dominated with 71 per cent possession at Goodison Park but allowed four goals from the six shots they faced. He then played a one-two with teammate Ross Barkley, who put him through on goal, and Davies did the rest by delightfully chipped the ball over a despairing Claudio Bravo. “But in the second period, that was the type of team performance you need to beat the big sides”. “Ten is a lot of points”.Milner’s penalty was Liverpool’s only real chance in the first half, with United having more sight at goal – in particular one-on-one chances for Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.A central pairing of Pablo Zabaleta, who has hardly ever played in that position, and Yaya Toure, who lacks the mobility to carry out an effective job defensively, looks very vulnerable and Guardiola must be frustrated that his first-choice pairing in such a key part of the pitch were unavailable. He is sticking by his guns, and it might just take some time before the team perfects the system and we see similar results to what he had at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.- Lookman was the first Toffees player to score on their Premier League debut since Samuel Eto’o in August 2014 against Chelsea.Sadly for Pep, he doesn’t have the luxury of an “easier” fixture to ease back into winning ways – City face the in-form Tottenham next Saturday.