Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Manchester City are the real deal this season after their 3-0 win against Chelsea yesterday.
Manuel Pellegrini's side put on a show as goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho made it two wins from two so far.
Chelsea meanwhile have just one point their opening two games and suffered the defeat after a tumultuous week which saw boss Jose Mourinho come in for criticism for his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro.
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Neville was impressed with what he saw from Manchester City yesterday and believes that the decision to hand Pellegrini a new contract earlier this month has helped the side find their 'buzz' once more after a disappointing campaign last time round.
There was talk at the end of last season about whether Manuel Pellegrini would stay," he said on Sky Sports' Gary Neville Podcast.
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"They have stuck with him and they all look invigorated again. They look like the buzz is back. There is a little bit of a spark in the ground, the fans look happier and to me at this moment in time they look like the early runners.
"Whether I go along with the bookies and dismiss Chelsea after one week and move them from favourites all of a sudden to be second favourites I'm not sure, but it's a good start for City. They deserve credit for that."
Manchester City failed to offer a challenge to Chelsea in the Premier League title race last season, which heaped pressure on Pellegrini. Reports suggested that Pep Guardiola was being lined up as a replacement for the Chilean.
Neville believes that Pellegrini deserves credit for adapting what has been perceived as an ageing team by bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling, while he also heaped praise on Yaya Toure for reviving his career too.
In these last two seasons, we have all accused them of lacking pace on the counter-attack with (David) Silva and (Samir) Nasri in the wide areas and with the team not changing enough after the first title that Mancini won three years ago.
"Now we are starting to look at a slightly different team. I still think they need one or two more. I still think that Yaya Toure, as a central midfielder in a two as the season goes on, playing Wednesday-Saturday with Champions League games, is a problem. I think they need to resolve that.
"But I have to say they look brighter, more energised and more up for it than they did at the start of last season.
"They were far better [against Chelsea] and should have been 3-0 up after 20 minutes when it was Aguero versus Begovic. I've never seen Chelsea as disjointed and as vulnerable as we did do in the first half."
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