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Sunday 4 December 2016

Navas warns rivals that City standards won't slip

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Ross Barkley of Everton takes on Jesus Navas (L) and Bacary Sagna of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on August 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Ross Barkley of Everton takes on Jesus Navas (L) and Bacary Sagna of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on August 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jesus Navas has warned that Manchester City are determined not to let standards slip after maintaining their faultless start to the season.

City beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday to move top of the Premier League.

Second-half strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri proved decisive, taking City's goal tally to eight from three games while they are yet to concede.

Winger Navas said: "It is not only that we have won these three games, it is that we didn't concede any goals and we created a lot of chances. We are really happy.

"It was a very important win and also two really nice goals. We worked really hard in training and luckily we got the three points. This is what we wanted.

"We need to keep the same attitude, working really well defensively and also creating a lot of chances. That is the way to win more games this season."

City's win also equalled a 103-year-old club record of nine successive top-flight victories. They will now aim to set a new mark in their next game against Watford at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

Defeat for Everton was their first of the season but they will take encouragement from the problems they caused City, particularly in the first half.

Defender Séamus Coleman said: "We are disappointed. It was a tough game. We were against the in-form team in the country at the moment and we found it tough at times, but we could have taken the lead ourselves.

"I think the difference between the two teams was they were a bit more clinical in front of goal. We are looking a lot better this season."

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