Manchester City’s season just gets better and better.
The 4-0 win over Swansea, courtesy of goals from David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, means City now have 49 points from 17 Premier League matches.
That’s the best start to an English top-flight campaign since the Football Association was established in 1888; better, even, than Tottenham’s double-winning side of 1960-61.
It also means City are the first team to win 15 successive Premier League matches, overtaking Arsenal, who managed 14 between February and August 2002.
Pep Guardiola isn’t just raising City’s standards; he’s redefining the English game.
In truth, City hadn’t been in top form going into this game. Late wins over Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham demonstrated our fighting qualities but fell way short of our performances earlier in the season, and the win over United, although comprehensive, didn’t see us play our most expansive game.
But that is perhaps the scary thought for City’s rivals. During a period in which we have failed to reach the heights set earlier in the season, we have still managed to establish a 11-point lead at the top of the table.
However, the performance over Swansea saw City return to top form. The Blues were quicker to the ball and more inventive in possession than their opponents. Swansea, struggling near the foot of the table, were completely overwhelmed and managed very few sustained periods of possession, such was City’s desire to win the ball back at every opportunity.
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