Manchester City are building something special at the Etihad Stadium and Pep Guardiola will be very excited at what the future holds for the Citizens. After eight Premier League games, the Blues are sitting pretty at the top of the table – two points clear of rivals United in the title race. The whole Guardiola / Jose Mourinho feud has added extra bite to this fixture in recent months, but City look a class above on current form.
Records have tumbled in the early stages of the campaign and more will follow in the near future. City are the first team in English football to score 29 times in their first eight league games since Everton achieved the exact same feat in the 1894-95 campaign, well over 100 years ago. The Premier League is quickly becoming Pep’s La Liga and this is his playground to dominate for the time being.
Pep Guardiola managed his 300th league game as manager yesterday.
Win %: 76
Goals Scored: 775
— Coaching Badges (@coachingbadges) October 15, 2017
We are now eight games into the new campaign and City are yet to taste defeat. At the time of writing, Pep’s men are already as short as 2/5 for the title in Premier League betting markets and it would take a brave man to back against the Blues on current form. Guardiola needed time to build a title-winning unit at the Etihad but City are now on the verge of challenging on multiple fronts.
Kevin de Bruyne is performing at an elite level and he is in serious contention for the Player of the Year award this campaign. The Belgium star has been a maestro at the heart of Pep’s midfield in recent weeks and his sublime assist for Leroy Sane’s goal against Stoke City in October was something else. When De Bruyne is at his best, he is unstoppable and many have labelled him as the best creative midfielder in the business.
With two goals and two assists in his last four City appearances, De Bruyne is shining right now. Sane and young striker Gabriel Jesus have been the main beneficiaries in attack but it would be foolish to forget about Sergio Aguero just yet. The Argentina man suffered a major non-football injury at the beginning of October and should work his way back into the first team in the coming weeks.
Defensively, City have been rock solid for the most part of the season. As expected, summer signing Kyle Walker has been a revelation since moving to the Etihad, as has Fabian Delph in his new left-back role. Meanwhile, John Stones has stepped up to the plate in the absence of Vincent Kompany and the England man deserves plenty of credit for City’s improved form at the back.
Can the Blues go undefeated this season? Potentially. On current form, you’d find it hard to back against Pep Guardiola’s side. Just look at their results against England’s big clubs, a 4-0 win against Liverpool backed up by an away triumph at defending champions Chelsea. City are trending in the right direction and they aren’t a million miles away from something VERY special.