Manchester City showed signs of becoming champions on Tuesday night, drawing 4-1 at Wolves for their 21st victory in a row. The hosts took an early lead thanks to an own goal by Leander Dendoncker, but Conor Coady equalized with a rare goal.
Riyad Mahrez sealed the three points with a late shot sandwiched between a Gabriel Jesus brace.
From the outset, the league leaders were in charge, and it was just a matter of time before the first goal was scored. It came from Dendoncker, who threw the ball into his own net in an effort to keep Raheem Sterling from latching onto a risky Mahrez cross.
Bernardo Silva’s bullet header moments later had to be stopped by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who kept his side in the game during the first period.
Adama Traore had two good opportunities to pull Wolves ahead, firing narrowly wide before blazing over on 69 minutes. Wolves had found a new lease of life.
The four-time champions showed their title class once again in 80 minutes. Kyle Walker’s cross had been deflected away by Coady only for the ball to fall to Jesus who smashed the ball home, sending the City bench into raptures.
Mahrez got the goal he deserved bang on 90 minutes when Rodri stole the ball from Owen Otasowie who played it to substitute Ilkay Gundogan.
The German international then teed up Mahrez who curled it past Patricio and into the net.
Gundogan was in the centre of the action once again for the hosts. His shot late in stoppage time was parried to Jesus who earned himself a second of the night after a VAR check.
City now open up a 15-point gap at the summit of the table and get that 21st consecutive victory.
In the ‘top five’ European leagues, only Bayern’s 23-match winning run last year and Real Madrid’s 22 successive victories in 2014 eclipses their current winning feat.
Wolves, meanwhile, sit 12th on 34 points.