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Premier League 2018-19, Matchweek 26: 5 Things we learned

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1.21K   //    12 Feb 2019, 10:59 IST

Chelsea were decimated at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea were decimated at the Etihad Stadium

Monday night's clash between Wolves and Newcastle brought an end to quite an extraordinary round of Premier League football.

The Premier League is one competition that always promises drama and competitiveness in equal measure and matchweek 26 did not disappoint.

The game of the weekend was the visit of Sarri's Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. It is fair to say that the Blues went home with tails tucked firmly between their legs. It was another statement victory from Pep Guardiola's team as they continually refuse to give up the title easily.

The Cityzens remain top on goal difference having played one more game than Liverpool in second. Tottenham's victory ensured they remain in with a title chance while Chelsea's dismal showing ensured Manchester United leapfrogged them into the fourth position.

Arsenal and Chelsea are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United with the Gunners ahead of the Blues on goal difference. Huddersfield, Fulham and Southampton make up the bottom three.

Here's a look at five things we learned from match-week 26 of Premier League action:


#1 Manchester City are a class apart

Manchester City are arguably the best-coached team in the world
Manchester City are arguably the best-coached team in the world

If there ever were any doubts about Pep Guardiola's managerial greatness, he has erased all of it with this City side. Some fans questioned his resume because he coached at clubs with the best players that already had a culture of winning.

The Premier league, known to be feistily competitive, was supposed to be the acid test for the Spanish tactician. The ex-Barcelona and Bayern boss has passed the test in flying colours and is undoubtedly the best coach in the business.

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Yes, Manchester City has backed him to the hilt in the transfer market and he has addressed any player problem with high-quality replacements. However, teams with far better individual players play far worse than Guardiola's team. Quality is therefore not the issue.

Manchester City are one of the best-coached teams in the world and the gap in coaching was shown against Chelsea. Ever the perfectionist Guardiola has removed inefficiency from the City play. They know exactly what is required of them.

Each action on the field seems like it has been planned. There is rarely any unnecessary dribbling, passing for the sake of passing, rash decisions or poor giveaways.

The efficiency of Guardiola's team is a sight to behold and when they are on it they can pose problems to any team in the world.

The 6-0 mauling of Chelsea was a game that ruthlessly displayed the difference in efficiency of two sides that share very similar coaching ideologies. Sarri''s Chelsea could not cope with the accuracy and efficiency of the City play.

They remain firmly in title contention and must not slip up again to avoid Liverpool running away with it.

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