Marko Arnautovic has praised his team-mates, particularly two-goal wideman Andriy Yarmolenko, after the 3-1 win at Everton.
It was a hard-fought victory and thoroughly deserved result and the Austrian talisman was right to be effusive in his post-match comments.
There were also signs of a burgeoning relationship between Arnie and Yarmolenko; Manuel Pellegrini will be pleased to see two of his most creative players performing so well in unison.
What did he say?
Arnie told the club’s official website: “It was important for us to come back today and put in a performance, because we didn’t win any of the first four games.
“I think we played well in one or two of those games, but we didn’t get the benefit out of the game. Today we played well and took the three points so we are very happy.
“It wasn’t just the forwards today, It starts from the goalkeeper and I think everybody did an unbelievable job. The midfield were everywhere and then it’s down to us to score the goals to win games.
“Congratulations to Andriy for his first two goals and I hope he will go on to score more now. For the first goal he was screaming for about ten minutes I think.
“He kept screaming and I saw him running and that he was alone and in a better position than me because it was on my left. I’m happy for his goal and happy for the team for his performance, so I hope it will be a good week for us.”
Arnie and Yarmo hold the key
Pellegrini shuffled his pack yesterday. He plumped for a 4-3-3 that bolstered midfield and offered Arnautovic, Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson greater freedom to bomb on.
Yarmolenko in particular took advantage but all three looked better for it. As Anderson and Yarmolenko grow in confidence, their relationship with talisman Arnauatovic is especially importance.
If Yarmo and Arnie can continue the understanding that was flickering yesterday, Pellegrini’s attack will be much better for it.