It’s easy to get carried away with this Manchester City team. Pep Guardiola has put together a team that has absolutely devastated everything in its path so far this season. The technical wizardry of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva is poetic, and its complimented wonderfully by the clinical front three, whichever members may make it up on any particular day.
They’ve come up against some brilliant sides in the league this season. This is the best Manchester United side we’ve seen since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Champions Chelsea are a match for almost anyone in Europe, which they showed by beating Atletico Madrid on home soil. Arsenal are improved this year, as are Liverpool, spearheaded by Mo Salah.
This has been of little concern to those at the Etihad. They’ve beaten every side around them, and looked remarkably comfortable in every one. Only Everton can boast the achievement of taking points off this City side, and that was in the second game of the season. An 11-point gap over Jose Mourinho’s United is a clear indicator that they’re simply a class above.
16 consecutive Premier League wins is unprecedented, and City are on course to smash up the record book at this rate. The improvements Guardiola has made to players like Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Fernandinho is truly remarkable, and shows he’s far more than a chequebook coach.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen many a news publication, journalist, pundit compare City to the great Premier League teams of the past. Whether it be Mourinho’s Chelsea on the Monday night Football, or the great Manchester United teams of 1999 and 2008, as well as Arsene Wenger’s invincibles from 2004.
Comparisons to this team are frankly absurd. The aforementioned teams are legendary because they won trophies, relentlessly. United conquered Europe twice, won the league three years in a row, and had terrific runs in cup competitions. The great Mourinho and Wenger teams suffocated the league, not letting anyone else have a sniff.
While this City team may be fully capable of similar feats, it’s important to remember that they’ve won absolutely nothing yet. Guardiola’s first season may have been about building this season, but it was trophy-less. Pep is a serial winner, and it looks nailed on that he’ll scoop the Premier League crown this year, and may take every other trophy with him.
But lets save the unnecessary comparisons to bygone eras until they actually win something. It’s ridiculous at this point, they’ve not even completed half a season.
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