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Manchester City have returned to the summit of the Premier League after a 4-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road.
But it was by no means a straight forward victory as Rodri and Nathan Ake helped City to their 16th win away from the Etihad this season. Leeds threatened from early on, pressing high in the opposition's end, but ultimately, were unable to capitalise on their chances, with Ederson also playing a key part in keeping a clean sheet.
City's set piece goals have proved to be fundamental this season and it was no different at Leeds. Phil Foden's free-kick inside 13 minutes found Rodri in the box as he headed it past Illan Meslier before Ake poked it home from a corner kick. Jesus and substitute Fernandinho then extended the Citizens lead in the second-half.
Daily Star Sport takes a look at four things Pep Guaridola got spot on at Elland Road…
Set piece goals vital
The scoreline may have been minimal, but nonetheless, City got the job done, once more – responding to their rivals Liverpool's lunchtime win.
Goals from Rodri and Nathan Ake both came from set pieces, an element the Citizens are the best at, in the league. Guardiola's side have scored 18 goals from set pieces this season, two more than Liverpool. Southampton hold the third most on 15.
Resting key players
With the Champions League semi final clash against Real Madrid on the horizon, the City boss has opted to rest key men including Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
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Hadn't City felt comfortable in the game, the Spaniard would have made changes to his side, of course. And that was seen in Silva's cameo, replacing Foden after the third goal. But they should all now be ready and raring to go on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu.
Another Jesus start justified
The Brazilian may have seen his chances limited at the Etihad this season, but his stunning four-goals against Watford last time out, seems to have left Guardiola with no choice but to grant the playmaker another start.
It was a decision that has consequently paid off in terms of goals, as Jesus once again got on the scoresheet – scoring his sixth goal in his last five appearances. Nonetheless, the Spaniard will be pleased with his player's performance, once again. Whether he will make another start on Wednesday however, remains to be seen.
Switching Grealish back to the wing
The former Aston Villa captain who featured in a central role in the 5-1 win over Watford last time out, was bought to the wing. Having played in different positions for the reigning league champions, he seems to excel more as a winger.
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