Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted he was surprised to see his team score five times in yesterday’s Eastlands romp against Sunderland.
Adam Johnson, making his first start since injuring his ankle in January, opened the scoring and skipper Carlos Tevez doubled the Blues’ advantage from the penalty spot.
Second-half strikes from David Silva, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure completed a 5-0 rout that moves City up to third in the Barclays Premier League, a point above Chelsea.
Mancini has frequently drawn criticism for his side’s apparent conservatism but yesterday’s positive team selection paid off even more handsomely than Mancini expected.
“It was important for us to win this game because we had the chance to go into third position,” Mancini said.
“Before the game I thought it would be difficult because it is not easy to beat Sunderland. They are a strong team and their manager knows everything. It is important that we scored five goals and it is important now that we go to Liverpool looking to win next Monday.”