After a somewhat uncharacteristic start to the season it would seem for Manchester City, they are finally starting to re-find their feet with more convincing and high calibre performances being showcased to their fans and the rest of the Premier League.
Since the start of the season they have looked rocky and uneasy as a team, particularly at the back – which is very unlike the current champions indeed.
During this campaign there has been a fair few twists in terms of where other teams were expected to be, a classic example would of course be Southampton – a team who were not only expected to have a poor season due to the number of high quality players sold in the summer but were also tipped to go down.
Another show was the recent form of otherwise mid table club West-Ham. It would seem that with Big Sam’s guidance and leadership they have managed to enjoy a fantastic start to the season currently sitting above the likes of Arsenal and Spurs at a comfy fifth spot in the Premier League.
However, after the last two weeks one could be allowed to wonder if it is back to reality for these teams and for the premier league after Southampton losing two consecutive games on the bounce (one of which a 0-3 thumping from Man City on the weekend) and Man United finally catching up the top four once again after improved performances inspired by their new captain Wayne Rooney.
City went on to leapfrog Southampton after the weekend’s results to go second in the table. Just to put things into perspective, Man City are on more points at this stage of the season than they were last season – they still managed to lift the Premier League trophy...
It is probably fair to say that Man City have arguably the strongest spine of a team in all of Europe, starting from the back: Hart – Kompany – Toure – Aguero.
Each of these players are world-class and have proven that together they are the heart of the team and when fully fit and in form they can be unmerciful and deadly.
Rejuvenation of Frank Lampard
Since departing from Premier League leaders Chelsea in the summer, speculation was brewing over playing his football abroad or even possible retirement.
However, since joining English giants Man City on short term loan early on in the season it would seem that he can simply not stop scoring – most recently bagging himself one against Southampton on the weekend.
He has proven that he still very much has what it takes to continue to play at the very highest level and prove himself a very valuable asset to any team. At the age of 36 he is still as sharp as ever and his eye for goal has certainly not diminished – he is a hot commodity for any team and retirement seems far around the corner just yet.
So it looks like it’s back to winning ways for league giants Man City and old dog Frank Lampard, they still sit six points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea, but on the contrary, it's only December...