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Numbers game: Most minutes played for City

EVER PRESENT: Fernandinho has played every Premier League minute

EVER PRESENT: Fernandinho has played every Premier League minute

City have reached the international break top of the Premier League table with six wins and just one defeat from the opening seven games.

Over the next five days we will take a close look at the numbers behind the performances, starting with most minutes played.

Top five Premier League minutes

Fernandinho 630 (joint first in the league)

Raheem Sterling 597

Aleks Kolarov 571

John Stones 547

David Silva 514

Brazilian dynamo Fernandinho has been ever-present for boss Pep Guardiola in league action, with the 31-year-old’s drive from defensive midfield a characteristic sight early in the 2016/17 campaign.

Technically proficient, fast and committed, Fernandinho has slotted seamlessly into Guardiola’s side whichever tactical system is being employed.

Sterling's excellent early-season form has seen him earn just shy of 600 minutes on both the right and left flanks, while Aleks Kolarov's versatility has helped put the Serbian third on the list.

John Stones' elegant and assured start to life in City's central defence is borne out by his number of 547, while Silva completes the top five despite missing the Bournemouth game through injury.

Watch Fernandinho's goal against West Ham below

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Fernandinho Breakdown:

450 Total passes

233 Successful passes in opposition half

168 Forward passes

14 Interceptions

10 Successful dribbles

6 Shots

1 Goal

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