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Manchester City already at a canter in attempts to regain crown

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With just four games of the new Premier League season having passed it looks like Manchester City already have one strong hand on the Premier League trophy.

It's early days of course, but this time last season the same was said of Chelsea who, like Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, have made unprecedented slip ups this season allowing City to establish the early gap that they have.

Four wins in four and without a single goal conceded suggests that Manuel Pellegrini's men could be at the top to stay and are now odds-on to storm to the title, with few able argue against that given how balanced and rounded they currently look, with signings Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne strengthening the spine of the squad.

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Procuring the services of the Belgian De Bruyne for an eye-watering £55m, despite having such a brilliant start to the 2015/16 campaign as it is, really does signal the Manchester giants' intent. They have bolstered their squad in preparation for a long season ahead, both domestically and in Europe, and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Perhaps now that they've stolen such a march on Chelsea et al they will have the luxury of concentrating a bit more on the Champions League - a tournament that they haven't come even close to achieving any kind of success in.

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Of course, Pellegrini will stick to insisting that the Premier League is the priority, and few would doubt that it is, but having spent so much from their enviable transfer fund war-chest, the fans will expect a reputation-enhancing run in Europe's elite competition.

At the moment, though, it's all too easy for City - this isn't what football fans want to see, a single team running away with the title so early on - but they've genuinely been phenomenal.

David Silva has never looked in better form, Yaya Toure looks fitter than at any stage last season and Sergio Aguero was at his predatory best against Chelsea, showing a sharpness that even Europe's best defenders have come to fear.

At the back, captain Vincent Kompany looks like he's back to his powerful best, his timing more like it was when they wrapped up the title two seasons ago, with Eliaquim Mangala, even though he now faces stern competition from the aforementioned Otamendi, finally looks like he's found his feet in the Premier League.

Currently, it's looking more and more likely that City will have to take their eye off the ball for a prolonged period of time for any of the big guns to mount a serious challenge.

Chelsea have been incredibly poor for the most part, with Mourinho cutting an increasingly exasperated figure on the touchline. Arsene Wenger's men have been consistently inconsistent and look to be in desperate need of a couple of new faces, though even that is looking increasingly unlikely, and United look to be a bit all over the place.

It will take some huge signings from the would-be challengers for there to be any chance of making this league campaign anything other than a cake-walk for City and even then, the new boys will need to hit the ground running and settle in immediately.

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