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City's assist kings set to post sensational record

It is a stat that Pep Guardiola will be extremely happy with and one that underlies the Catalan’s team ethic perfectly.

Last weekend, City became the first team of the Premier League era to have four players reach double figures for assists.

It’s a remarkable achievement and the Premier League assists table sees City occupy all four positions.

It’s never happened before and the only time any side has had three players occupy the top three slots was Liverpool in 1995-96 when John Barnes, Stan Collymore and Steve McManaman managed to all create 10 or more goals for their team-mates.

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With three games to go, there is every chance that City will occupy all four top slots when the final table is published.

Leading the way is prolific goal-maker Kevin De Bruyne, who is three clear of the chasing pack with 15 assists this campaign.

De Bruyne has now assisted 42 goals in 96 games for City, scoring 21 goals along the way.

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He needs to create five more goals to match the all-time Premier League seasonal record of 20 assists, currently held by Thierry Henry.

He may not have landed the PFA Player of the Year award, but as a team player this season, the Belgian’s stats are unsurpassed.

Not far behind is Leroy Sane who has assisted 12 Premier League goals this season and scored 10 himself.

The PFA Young Player of the Year has scored 14 in all competitions as well as creating a further 16 – incredible stats for the 22-year-old German who just keeps getting better.

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David Silva and Raheem Sterling are tied on 11 assists each in the League.

Silva, who has created 75 goals since joining City in 2010, has equalled his second-highest figure already this season.

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He has now entered the top 10 all-time Premier League assist kings and is just one behind Teddy Sheringham, three adrift of former team-mate James Milner and five behind David Beckham – Ryan Giggs leads the list with 162.

He is four shy of his best-ever tally of 15, but who would bet against him achieving that milestone in the next three games.

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Silva is also four goals away from his best seasonal tally of 12, achieved in 2014/15 and like De Bruyne, was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year and included in the PFA Team of the Year.

Sterling shot up the assists chart last weekend as he created three goals for his team-mates in the 4-1 win over West Ham.

Sterling also is City’s second-top scorer this season with 23 meaning the England forward is heading to the World Cup in the form of his life.

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Additionally, Sane and Sterling are among only nine players in Europe to have hit double figures for goals and assists in their respective leagues.

The list included Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Esteemed company, indeed.

More goals for De Bruyne and Silva could see what is an already amazing team achievement perhaps bettered if all four can end the campaign with double figures for goals and assists – with this team, anything is possible.

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