Pep Guardiola heaped praise on one ‘outstanding’ Manchester City star after his side returned to the top of the Premier League table following their 5-0 rout of West Brom.
Ilkay Gundogan continued his inspired run in front of goal with two excellent strikes at the Hawthorns.
Joao Cancelo scored while an offside flag was raised and several players seemed to stop. Riyad Mahrez then powered in a fourth before the break.
Raheem Sterling got in on the act in the second half as City end a day on top of the table for the first time this season.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola was full of praise for Gundogan. He told BBC Match of the Day: “Gundo has this sense – after this, he is able to take a touch, slow down, take a second to compose and finish.
“We are delighted with what he is doing. The first season he was ACL and we miss him a lot, since then his attitude and personality is outstanding.”
City in sync
Guardiola added: “It was a good performance good results in the game.
“We tried to put a players in the best condition, be humble enough and concentrate enough to do what we have to do and respect our opponents.
“We are at the end fighting because football is difficult. Everyone is solid and in this situation and this month we have the commitment and it’s so good.
“The way we play, everyone is involved in the attack and the play and create chances and try to score chances – it doesn’t matter, it is important to arrive in the box and create chances.
“One or two days off and then prepare for Sheffield United. It’s the only way I know to be a manager – just think about Sheffield.”