As we head into the first international break at this early stage of the season, Manchester City have already been backed as comfortable favourites to win the league.
There is no hiding that the reason they have been made early favourites has been down to the Citizens perfect start to the season, being the only side to win their first four games, keeping clean sheets in each and comfortably beating the likes of Chelsea and Everton along the way.
On top of not conceding a single goal so far this season, City have broken a club record that stood since 1912 by winning ten consecutive Premier League games, carrying over from last season. This stunning form has continued from their last defeat in the Premier League which came in a 4-2 defeat against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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But the question that we are faced with is how have they managed the perfect start, and how have they managed an eight-point lead over champions Chelsea after just four games?
Between all of the top four sides, with the exception of Arsenal who failed to sign any outfielders this summer, Manchester City were able to do most of their business early in the window. This gave some of City's top signings, Raheem Sterling in particular, more time to settle into the squad.
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It has clearly paid off for the Manuel Pellegrini's men as Sterling has shown top form, scoring his first goal in their 2-0 win over Watford last weekend.
However, clubs like Chelsea, who have started the season poorly and were in need of an extra defender, left the signings they needed until transfer deadline day on Tuesday. After pursuing John Stones for most of the summer and eventually missing out, they left it to the last 24 hours of the transfer window to find a replacement, and did so in the relatively unknown Papy Djilonodji.
But this deadline day drama merely piles stress on to clubs who are unorganised. Take Manchester United and the failed De Gea deal, for example. Both United and Real Madrid can carry on blaming each other, but regardless there is now an unsettled player in the Red Devils' dressing room who appears unmotivated to play for a side that he wants to leave.
Manchester City appear to be the only top side who have started the season without any problems. With a hunger to reclaim the title, another shot at the Champions League, and fantastic signings added to their ranks, they look stronger than ever for the upcoming season.
And with Chelsea's defensive woes, Arsenal fans on Wenger's back, and United's misfiring strike force, the title can only be City's to lose.
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