Manchester City made it a club record 28 games unbeaten and 21 wins in a row with a 4-1 win over Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.
The Blues were dominant against a Wolves side who were on a five game unbeaten game in the league themselves coming into the game and took a 1-0 lead in the first half after great work from Riyad Mahrez forced an own goal from Leander Dendoncker.
Wolves equalised with their first touch in the opposition penalty area from a Conor Coady header, before City turned up the pressure and scored three more times through Riyad Mahrez and a Gabriel Jesus brace.
While the club failed to get a clean sheet for the second consecutive game, they remain comfortably the best defence in the division with only 17 goals conceded in 27 games so far in the league. They also extended their place as the league’s top scorers too, moving to 56 goals scored despite star striker Sergio Aguero having not chipped in at all.
It means 21 wins in a row for the Citizens but the form has been so special at both ends of the pitch. The aggregate score over those games has City winning 55-8, an absolutely incredible number.
Defensively, the form of Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias has been exceptional while John Stones’ resurgence has seen him back in contention for the national team for the first time in well over a year.
Further up the pitch, Guardiola has been able to count on all of Mahrez, Gundogan, Sterling, Foden, Bernardo Silva and Jesus in recent weeks for goals and assists. When adding to that the return to action of Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero, City seem a formidable outfit not only domestically but also on the continent.
They are now turning their focus to an unprecedented quadruple and it’s a very big possibility looking at the way the season is set up right now. They face a maximum of 21 games remaining and with one of those games being the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham and with the current gap at the top of the league being almost insurmountable, they can really prioritise the Champions League and FA Cup if they want to.
The games coming thick and fast across the season have allowed Guardiola to rotate and get his entire squad firing whenever called upon, rather than having some players going several weeks without a game.
The likes of Kyle Walker haven’t seen the amount of games they usually would but because of the schedule have still been able to fit in at least one game a week for the most part – meaning his sharpness is at the same level it usually would be and performances stay consistent.
The same can be said for the attacking players and while nobody is hitting the high numbers that are usually associated with a Guardiola attack, the goals are being evenly shared out among the squad.
Last season Raheem Sterling got 31 goals on his own in all competitions as the club’s top scorer. This year he is currently sat on 13, joint highest with Ilkay Gundogan – who is having the best scoring season of his City career. Four other players have eight or more goals and 19 players in total have scored for the first team this season as part of their tally of 91 so far. Last season, only 16 players scored their tally of 149 goals in all competitions.
Despite some phenomenal teams in recent years, including the Centurions of three seasons ago, Manchester City now are in the best position they’ve ever been in to win the lot.
They’re comfortably the best team in the country and you can easily make a case for them being the best in Europe. So long as they haven’t peaked too early, which is possible but seems unlikely at this point, it will take something special to stop them right now.
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