Manchester City have extended their extraordinary record-setting winning run to 21 games by scoring three goals from the 80th minute in their 4-1 Premier League defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The hosts were unexpectedly pegged back by a Conor Coady equaliser on 61 minutes after opening the scoring in the 15th through Leander Dendoncker’s own goal at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side upped the tempo in the closing stages and reclaimed the lead when Gabriel Jesus fired home.
Riyad Mahrez added another goal in the 90th minute and Jesus, with the final meaningful kick of the game, put some gloss on the scoreline deep in stoppage time with his second and City’s fourth.
Guardiola felt his side were good value for their “well deserved” win.
“We suffered once they scored a goal with the first chance they had and it is so difficult to play against them, but after we were fantastic,” he said on BT Sport.
“We overcame the situation and created a lot of chances at the end.”
City, 15 points clear at the top of England’s top-flight, have won every game they have played in all competitions since December 19 and have 15 victories in a row in the Premier League.
Their unbeaten streak stretches to 28 matches – tying a club record from 2017 which was also achieved under Guardiola.
City are now only two games shy of equalling Bayern Munich’s record 23 successive wins for a top-flight from any of Europe’s recognised ‘top five’ leagues and six behind Welsh side TNS’ world record.
Second-place Manchester United can cut the gap to 12 points by beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday, just days before they visit City for a league derby between the top two.
Guardiola’s attention is already on that challenge as he dismissed any talk of the team getting ahead of themselves.
“Manchester United is the only care (now),” Guardiola said.
“We are going to talk about the records and everything we have done in the league when it will be over, so (now it is all on) Manchester United.”
Guardiola added: “The champions are Liverpool. The crown belongs to them.
“We are in the best position right now to take them out, and we are going to try.
“We want to win it and then defend it for the whole of next season.
“Now it is about rest for everyone, especially mentally, because we do not have much time and next it is Man United at home.”