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3 talking points as Manchester City claim a narrow victory over Aston Villa

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the league table to 11 points, after securing all three points against Aston Villa.

Manchester City secured three vital points on their away trip to Villa Park, as they defeated Aston Villa by a score-line of 1-2. The Sky Blues have now opened up an eleven-point advantage over their local rivals, Manchester United, who have an extra game in hand.

Pep Guardiola‘s men had to come back from behind after Ollie Watkins set up John McGinn‘s goal in the first minute. The Scottish midfielder scored in the 21st second of the match, as the City defence was caught napping.

However, Phil Foden drew the visitors level in the 22nd minute, after a neat finish. Rodri gave the league leaders an advantage, heading into the second half as he scored his side’s second goal

. John Stones was sent off in the 44th minute, after a reckless foul on Jacob Ramsey, which earned him a straight red card. Matty Cash received a second yellow card in the 57th minute, which saw the hosts also being reduced to 10-men.

Manchester City controlled the game for the majority of the second half and secured a crucial away victory. What are the three talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Aston Villa?
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Phil Foden has earned the faith of his manager and is being rewarded with regular starts recently. The Englishman continued his fine form, as he scored City’s equalizing goal against Aston Villa. He also scored his side’s second goal in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash, against Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year old has fought off competition from Raheem Sterling, and has replaced the former Liverpool forward in the starting lineup. Foden has managed to score 14 goals so far this campaign and has nine assists to his name. The youngster could manage to score just eight goals last season, due to his limited appearances from the bench.

He has finally lived up to his potential at Manchester City and is becoming an indispensable part of the squad.