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MANCHESTER, England — Three thoughts on Manchester City’s 2-1 win vs. Manchester United in the Premier League.

1. City take derby spoils, go 11 points clear

Manchester City took a huge stride toward the Premier League title by ending Manchester United’s 40-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford.

Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford’s equaliser, also secured a 14th successive league win for Pep Guardiola’s side, equalling the record previously set by Arsenal.

A late double save by City goalkeeper Ederson, to deny Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata, ensured victory but the winning margin does not tell the story of City’s dominance over their neighbors.

For long periods, United could not get a foothold, with City retaining possession and forcing the home side to hit long, aimless balls to Lukaku. Rashford’s strike shortly before halftime gave United hope of an unlikely win but Otamendi’s goal, following a defensive mistake by Lukaku, kept them firmly in control of the game.

Having gone unbeaten in the league this season, it will now take an incredible collapse by City for the chasing pack to have any hope of catching them. And with a trip to Swansea on Wednesday, Arsenal’s record will be erased from the record books with another win.

Such is City’s form that another Gunners achievement could be under threat; Guardiola’s team are in with a genuine chance of going through a league season unbeaten, as Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles” did in 2003-04.

2. United miss suspended Pogba as Silva stars

When Robin van Persie signed for United from Arsenal in 2012, the Dutch forward’s ability when defending set pieces impressed many at Old Trafford. He offered a reliable and disciplined presence in the six-yard box when facing corners or free kicks, proving he was about more than just scoring goals.

Almost six months into his United career, the same cannot be said of Romelu Lukaku, especially after his defensive horror show against City. The former Everton centre-forward went into this game having scored just twice in 13 games, so he is clearly not delivering in front of goal as Jose Mourinho would expect.

But when asked to do a shift at the back, Lukaku is proving just as unreliable and both of City’s goals coming from his basic lack of defensive nous.

The opener came when he allowed himself to be out-muscled and outjumped by Nicolas Otamendi, whose header gave David Silva an easy strike at goal. Then, in the second half, a lazy hack at a clearance from a free kick saw the ball bounce off the back of Chris Smalling and into Otamendi’s path, who scored from close range.

He was unable to make amends at the other end, which means two basic mistakes cost Lukaku’s team dearly; his manager may be well served by showing him clips of Van Persie defending set pieces as he has much to learn.

3. Lukaku flops at both ends

Paul Pogba’s absence was always going to be felt by United, but City’s quality truly exposed just how much Jose Mourinho’s team rely on the £90m midfielder.

United had no like-for-like replacement to fill the gap caused by Pogba’s red card against Arsenal, so Ander Herrera was selected to play in the holding role alongside Nemanja Matic. Herrera is all-energy and commitment, but he is no Pogba. Then again, neither are Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata or Michael Carrick, so Mourinho had little choice.

Too often, though, Herrera was outsmarted by the outstanding David Silva and left chasing shadows. When he did catch up with a City shirt, Herrera would dive in and win the ball or, more often, commit a foul; his 14th-minute challenge on Nicolas Otamendi was a case in point and surprisingly didn’t result in a penalty.

Pogba’s greatest asset is his ability to stretch the game and instigate the devastating counter-attacks that proved so deadly at the Emirates, but Herrera is a destroyer rather than a creator and his limitations were highlighted time after time. City were able to dominate in midfield and maintain almost constant pressure.

For a team of United’s stature to be so reliant on one player being able to stretch the game is an indictment of their shortcomings. In January or next summer, Mourinho has to find a player who can add greater quality to the midfield in order to support Pogba and Matic.

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Sevilla winger Nolito has warned Liverpool to be ready to “suffer” when the two sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Sevilla are second in the Group E standings, one point adrift of leaders Liverpool after four games played.

The Spanish club held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw when the two met in their group opener at Anfield on Sept. 13 and former Manchester City man Nolito believes his side can again make life difficult for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Nolito, who scored the winner in Sevilla’s come-from-behind 2-1 La Liga win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, told Cadena Ser: “We have a huge game coming up. All the top teams are in the Champions League and Liverpool have a great side but so do we.

“Liverpool are Liverpool and I don’t know if they are going to win or lose against us but I can assure you they are going to suffer.”

Sevilla, fifth in La Liga and 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, have won just three games away from home this season in all competitions.

“We have a very good team and the best is yet to come,” Nolito said. “We struggled a little bit early on and we know we can play much better and we can score more goals.”

Under coach Eduardo Berizzo, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli in June, Sevilla remain unbeaten at their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, where they will have plenty of support on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Sevilla president Jose Castro appealed to fans to come out in force when the club host Liverpool and supporters have not let him down.

Sevilla confirmed to ESPN FC that since last week there are no tickets available for the contest and that more than 40,000 spectators will attend Tuesday’s game, including 2,700 visiting fans.

Nolito, who has yet to score in the Champions League this season, is hoping to make the difference on Tuesday.

“I need to give my best and hopefully, score,” he said. “I just want to do better, score goals and make our fans happy.”

The 31-year-old has found the back of the net just three times in 15 appearances in all competitions since joining Sevilla on a three-year contract from City in July.

Nolito, who wanted to return to La Liga after making just nine Premier League starts for City following his €18 million transfer from Celta Vigo in 2016, believes it is only a matter of time before he hits his best form.

“I need to gain more confidence but I’m calm,” the Spain international said. “I’ve gone through a lot in my career and it’s a bit like having to start from zero after my time in England where I didn’t play much and then being two months on holiday. I’ve got confidence in me, I’ve always had. I know I can deliver.”

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann admitted that a failure to take chances was endangering their shot at making the Champions League knockout stages, after Diego Simeone’s side could only draw 0-0 at 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday.

Yannick Carrasco and Griezmann both missed clear chances during a sluggish first-half performance.

Things did not improve after the break, even when the Azerbaijan champions’ centre-forward Dino Ndlovu was shown a second yellow card for diving when the referee could easily have awarded a penalty instead.

Against 10 men for the last 20 minutes, their best chance was the header substitute Fernando Torres sent over the crossbar from four yards out, and the stalemate means the 2014 and 2016 Champions League semifinalists have just one goal and two points from their opening three group games.

“They were strong and we found it hard to a score,” Griezmann told beIN Sports. “We forwards must improve and find the solution to score more goals.

“We knew it was going to be difficult, that they would sit back. We had a few chances but we didn’t take them. We are still strong from the back, and making chances, but it is us. Forwards can go on runs like this, but we must remain confident in ourselves.”

Atletico could well need to win their last three games — Qarabag (home), Roma (home) and Chelsea (away) — to have a chance to progress.

“We will try to win them all, and then see what happens,” the France international said.

Atletico have only scored with one of their 44 shots in their first three Champions League games this season, and that came from the penalty spot.

Simeone told beIN Sports: “In this sport, taking your chances is what most counts.

“We had two or three one-on-one chances with their keeper in the first half but could not take them. In the second half, maybe the necessity to win meant we did not have enough clarity to create opportunities.

“[Qarabag] did well defensively and deserved their draw.”

However, he added: “I believe absolutely in this team and know what they are capable of. Things can change from one game to the next.”