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Statistics: The season so far...

IN NUMBERS: City's 2017/18 performances.

IN NUMBERS: City's 2017/18 performances.

There’s been much to enjoy at Manchester City this season.

Pep Guardiola’s exciting brand of attacking football has not only been easy on the eye, but also yielded some equally impressive results.

Thirteen points clear at the top of the Premier League, with a Carabao Cup final to look forward to, the Blues also remain in the FA Cup and Champions League.

It’s been a season to savour.

Here, we delve a little deeper into the statistics behind City's campaign so far…*

Goals

Finding the back of the net has not been difficult for Guardiola’s men this season.

City have scored more than three goals in nine league and European games, including eye-catching routs of Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Watford.

It’s no surprise, considering we’ve taken more shots than anyone in the Premier League (467) and we also lead the league in scoring (74), 15 more than Liverpool who have 59.

The goals have been shared about, too, with 12 players finding the net in the league and six in the Champions League.

And with four – Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, City have more players in the Premier League’s list of top 20 goal scorers than any other club.

Player Goals
Sergio Aguero 20
Raheem Sterling 18
Gabriel Jesus 10
Kevin De Buyne 8
Leroy Sane 7
David Silva 5
Nicolas Otamendi 5
Fernandinho 3
John Stones 3
Ilkay Gundogan 3
Danilo 2
Bernardo Silva 2
Fabian Delph 1

Assists

There’s been several moments of individual brilliance this season, but more often than not City’s goal scoring exploits are the product of patient build-up play.

Collectively we’ve had more than 2000 more touches (23,272) than our Premier League rivals and played 18,929 passes, which also puts us top of the table.

It’s a similar story in Europe, where we’ve completed the most passes - 3996 - meaning we’ve edged Barcelona into second place by one.

And so far, we’ve averaged 60% of possession in our six group stage games.

Domestically, 14 players have provided goals for their team-mates in the Premier League, with Bruyne and Leroy Sane leading the way, while the Belgian and David Silva are top of the pile of the seven who’ve created goals in the Champions League.

Player Assists
Kevin De Bruyne 14
Leroy Sane 11
David Silva 10
Raheem Sterling 8
Kyle Walker 7
Sergio Aguero 5
Bernardo Silva 5
Fernandinho 3
Gabriel Jesus 2
Benjamin Mendy 2
Danilo 1
Fabian Delph 1
Yaya Toure 1

Combinations

The relationship between goals and assists is obvious, but dig a little deeper and you can see which players have developed something of a knack of knowing where certain team-mates will be.

Sane and Sterling are the most effective duo in the City squad, with the German laying on four of Sterling’s Premier League strikes.

Scorer Assisted by Assists
Raheem Sterling Leroy Sane 4
Sergio Aguero Kevin De Bruyne 3
Gabriel Jesus David Silva 3

Woodwork

But for the frame of the goal and City’s attacking output could be all the more impressive.

We’ve hit the bar or the post three times in the Champions League, via John Stones, Jesus and De Bruyne.

In the Premier League, we top the charts, having hit the woodwork 16 times, with four of those efforts coming from our No.17.

Player Woodwork
Kevin De Bruyne 5
Sergio Aguero 3
Gabriel Jesus 3
Nicolas Otamendi 2
John Stones 2
Leroy Sane 1
David Silva 1
Raheem Sterling 1
Bernardo Silva 1

*Correct as of 6 February 2018. Premier League and Champions League only.

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