Manchester City ease to win over struggling Sunderland

Aguero, at that point, was covering 9.8km and sprinting 59 times per 90 minutes. "It looks like Pep is a real communicator", he said.

"Every time we stayed up in the past few years, it has been down to what we have done ourselves on the pitch by working together and sacrificing for one another".

Guardiola's men are at home to Stoke City on Wednesday, before travelling to Middlesbrough in an FA Cup quarter-final three days later. The first months were very hard for him, but it is not easy for a young player in England to come here and play the way he's playing. "It's the best performance I've ever seen from Sergio", he said.

Each of the club's successful survival fights has featured a pivotal win over a big-name opponent, but on no occasion does Borini believe the Black Cats have suddenly started playing sensational football.

Sergio Aguero hit his highest totals for both sprints (81) and distance covered (10.5km) in a single Premier League game all season against Sunderland. He would have added to his total if it wasn't for Jordan Pickford's sharp reflexes.

With no chance of Kirchoff or Rodwell coming back into the squad we can expect much the same midfield line up as we saw against Everton, and though it's no secret that games like this are the ideal arena for those with heart and bite, we'll likely be relying on experienced heads and composed performances from the younger breed. "Again it was brilliant, really brilliant". We are there behind, of course, Chelsea because they are nearly unstoppable. "Not just in the box, in all the terms, that's why we were so happy and I know he was so happy".

It bodes well for Aguero and for City. In the last game against Huddersfield he played awesome and scored two goals. He already looks more reliable than Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo - and his distribution is top drawer.

Pep Guardiola's men had hardly been required to break sweat during a routine victory, a fourth in succession in the league being their best since opening the season with six in September.

  • Arturo Norris