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18 in a row secured: December

DECEMBER: It was a fine month for City as we played nine matches in all competitions

DECEMBER: It was a fine month for City as we played nine matches in all competitions

In the latest instalment of our 2017-18 season review, we look back over December, a key month en route to Premier League and Carabao Cup success.

City played an incredible nine games in all competitions during December, wining seven, drawing one and losing one.

The month started with a dramatic Premier League victory over West Ham at the Etihad as David Silva’s goal seven minutes from time kept our winning run going. That made it a record-equalling 13 top-flight wins on the bounce for City, who, even when not at full flight, were finding ways to win. The mark of champions, as they say.

Angelo Ogbonna had given the Hammers the lead just before half time, but Nicolas Otamendi turned home Gabriel Jesus’ cross from close range to equalise 12 minutes after the restart. Silva’s win sparked joyous scenes and the Blues moved eight points clear at the top of the table.

Then came our first defeat in 28 matches in all competitions. With City already safely through to the Champions League last-16 as Group F winners, it was a game of little significance for us but the 2-1 reverse felt like a blow. All good things must come to an end.

Would that first defeat in 28 games throw City of course ahead of the crucial Manchester derby at Old Trafford four days later? The answer was an emphatic no.

City dominated from start to finish, with the 2-1 scoreline flattering the hosts. It could and should have been more, but the result left City with an 11-point lead over our nearest challenger. Our dominance was being reflected in the league standings and our rivals were floundering.

EL MAGO: David Silva puts City ahead in the 42nd minute at Old Trafford.

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City then beat Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium, before one of the performances of the season, a 4-1 victory over Tottenham. Kevin De Bruyne was the man of the match, delivering one of the finest individual displays the Etihad has ever seen. The result extended our historic winning run to 16 Premier League games.

Focus then switched to the Carabao Cup as a much-changed City side beat Leicester in penalties on a dramatic night at the King Power Stadium. City were leading through Bernardo Silva’s first-half strike but Jamie Vardy’s goal seven minutes into stoppage time took the game into extra time.

Neither side could find a winner and it went to a shootout. Vardy put his wide before Claudio Bravo, again the hero, saved Riyad Mahrez’s spot kick and City were through to the semi-finals.

Bournemouth were next up four days later and a thumping 4-0 win saw us clock up 17-consecutive Premier League wins, before a narrow win at St James’ Park over Newcastle took us to an incredible 18. Raheem Sterling’s goal the difference between the two sides on a cold night in the North East. City were now 15 points clear after just 20 games of the season.

But the run ended on New Years Eve with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, City finally dropping league points, with our lead cut to 14.

Guardiola won a record fourth-consecutive manager of the month award and City were firmly in control of the title race.

December was a fantastic month for City.

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