The records keep on tumbling as Pep Guardiola’s revolution gets better and better week on week.
The 2-1 success over “noisy neighbours” Manchester United last Sunday ensured Manchester City broke the Premier League record for successive wins and they added another with a 4-0 triumph at Swansea on Wednesday. They have emerged victorious on 15 occasions since their 1-1 draw with Everton back in August.
Pep's team have made the best-ever start to a top division season by any club after 17 games, but it is their incredible goal difference of plus 41 that sets them apart. Can a Tottenham side that has struggled of late stop them at the Etihad on Saturday?
It is 13 wins out of 13 when scoring first for City. When they break the deadlock, it is often a matter of how many.
City have scored 11 and conceded just twice against the so-call ‘big six’ opponents this season, and won all four matches. Aside from the 4-1 win over a error-prone Liverpool, Spurs have lost their other three matches against ‘big six’ opponents, scoring just once. Another convincing City win to nil could be in the offing.
Even if Tottenham do take the lead, they cannot be too confident of returning to the capital with three points on Saturday evening, as City have won a league high ten points from losing positions this season. They have conceded just four second half Premier League goals all season.
It's a nice habit to have, especially when they can make it count at the other end too. City have won nine extra points with goals in the last 10 mins of five different games this season, with Raheem Sterling’s goals earning seven points alone.
The England winger has been a revelation this season and late goals have been his forte. Three of his strikes have turned one point into three, with practically the last kick of the game against Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Southampton.
While Sterling often finishes off opponents, it is Aguero who is likely to get the ball rolling. The emergence of Gabriel Jesus led many to believe that Aguero’s days in Manchester were numbered. Instead, the Argentina international has worked in tandem with the Brazilian protege, and hasn’t lost his scoring touch.
Five of Aguero’s nine Premier League goals have been the opener in a match, and Spurs must be wary not to concede a penalty in the early stages at the Etihad - before his goal against Swansea, Aguero’s previous three Premier League strikes had been cooly-taken spot kicks, after he missed seven in 21 in all competitions previously.
Then we come to Jesus. Already likened to the legendary Brazilian hitman Ronaldo, he has become a key figure already for club and country, after firing Brazil to the World Cup after an almost faultless qualification campaign.
He has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, having contributed 15 goals and six assists in 25 Premier League appearances. No opponent is safe.
Orchestrating everything is Kevin De Bruyne, who leads the Premier League charts in assists (eight with David Silva). He and the majestic Silva link up so effectively, with De Bruyne’s delivery giving goalscoring opportunities to everyone in a City shirt, while Silva’s intricate passes are what their strikers relish.
The Spaniard has rediscovered his goalscoring touch once more. The Spain international has four goals in three games, with two coming at Swansea on Wednesday. Another in-from City slicker for Spurs to be wary of.
Everyone is simply so much better than last season. Leroy Sane, another outlet for City on the flank, scored five times all last season, but this time around has six already. Spurs will have to be alert to another player who loves his home comforts. Sane has five goals and four assists in seven home league games this season.
So how do Spurs stop them? Well, with great difficulty. With Davinson Sanchez suspended and Toby Alderweireld out, Mauricio Pochettino may again have to go with a back four once more.
That puts much of the onus Mousa Dembele protecting the Spurs rearguard. The Belgium international initially struggled on is return from injury, but has settled back into the Spurs side in recent weeks. With Silva and De Bruyne so accomplished at finding spaces to make that killer pass, Dembele will certainly have his work cut out.
Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier have become a real attacking force, with Davies topping the Premier League chances created charts for defenders and Trippier in second, but defensively they have not been quite as effective, and their defensive skills will certainly be put to the test by City.
If Guardiola’s relentless juggernaut continues at its current rate, it could be a matter of how many against this injury-depleted Spurs side unless they defend as a unit, but up against City's super six, that could be almost impossible.
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