5 reasons why Manchester City cannot emulate the Arsenal Invincibles this season
Manchester City may be well on course to win the Premier League, but it is unlikely for them to emulate the Invincibles of 2003/04.
Manchester City have enjoyed a blistering start to the 2017/18 Premier League season. After a season of mediocre performances under a manager of the caliber of Pep Guardiola last year, the Citizens have managed to turn their fortunes around for this year's campaign.
Barring a home draw against Everton, City have swept past any team that has come their way. They have won nine of their ten league matches this term and find themselves sitting five points ahead of their cross-town rivals, Manchester United, who are placed second in the table.
Guardiola brought in key names such as Ederson Santana de Moraes, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva this summer, and the trio has hit the ground running to become an important part of the Spaniard's first team at the Etihad Stadium.
Adding to that, the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all shown remarkable improvement from last season. Their performances have seen City rack up an astounding number of 35 goals in 10 games, which is the highest tally of goals in Europe's top five leagues till now.
With City's fantastic start, critics and fans have started comparing them with legendary teams of the yester-years. Similarly, there have been murmurs surrounding City going on to emulate Arsenal's 2003/04 title-winning run, where the team under Arsene Wenger went through the league without losing a single game.
However, with the season only ten games old, it could be too premature to consider Manchester City challenging the record of the Invincibles. Here are five reasons why they might not remain unbeaten until the end of May:
#1 Pep Guardiola's Champions League dream
The Manchester City manager is considered as one of the best of this generation. Before moving to Manchester last summer, he achieved glorious success in Spain and Germany with powerful teams like FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
During his time the two top clubs, Guardiola won nearly every competition his team participated in. He enjoyed winning the Champions League with Barcelona on two occasions and scalped three back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.
However, the challenges he faced at those clubs were nothing compared to what he endured in his debut season in England. The Spaniard was a frustrated figure down the touchline more often than not, and it started to look like he was not relishing his job anymore.
But after getting rid of the dead weight in summer and roping in an array of talented players, Guardiola's assembled a squad that appears to be the best on paper in England. No side in the country has managed to defeat them, while they have enjoyed an average of 3.5 goals per game.
The current City side not only looks like a Premier League-winning outfit but also looks to be serious challengers for the Champions League. Playing in Europe's elite club competition brings with itself its own set of drawbacks, which could prevent the Citizens from going unbeaten in their national league.
There is no doubt that the Champions League is a bigger honour than the Premier League, more so for City as they are yet to win it. However, if Guardiola is to prioritize winning the Champions League, keeping his players injury-free and match-fit for the league games will be extremely difficult. This, in turn, could see the Manchester club lose a few matches en-route to achieving something greater in the European circuit.