Treble chasers: Manchester City are on a different pedestal
Fans, pundits, neutral and even critics are running out of superlatives to describe Manchester City, who are currently changing the meaning of dominance in English football. The Pep Guardiola managed side have still not lost a domestic game this season, and look unstoppable no matter the competition they play. The likes of Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling and Aguero have mesmerised fans with their footballing intelligence and it seems that Pep is on a mission to sweep all domestic competitions.
Last season was a big learning curve for the Spaniard who failed woefully to deliver but this season it seems that everything has finally come to perfection for the former Barcelona gaffer.
City are unbeaten in the League after 22 matches, leading the rest of the chasing pack, have one foot in the final of the League Cup and also progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup after coming from a goal behind to defeat Burnley 4-1 last weekend. The gulf in quality between the club and the rest of their major title rivals is there to see, as they have already defeated Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, and how.
When his team were struggling at points last season, Pep Guardiola was criticised for not changing the philosophy as he stuck to his guns for not changing the style that had brought success over the years. After a season of getting to know his methods, City players are now ingrained in the techniques Pep wants: possession, passing instantly and pressing high to win back possession. There seems to be no team that can stop them as their tactics are superior to others: which is a triumph for Pep given that he was labelled as tactically arrogant.
City, it has to be said, have outspent their rivals but it is not a matter of outspending their rivals: its a function of players believing totally in the methods of their manager and that is yielding dividends.
Pep has doused expectations of his team insisting that they have won nothing yet, meaning that he is keeping his players humble as imminent success looms.
The former Bayern man was stunned at the level of competition in the Premier League, as his team finished 15 points behind eventual champions, Chelsea, crashed out of the Champions League in the second round and lost in the FA Cup at the semi-final stage. While it is far reaching to state for a fact that they will win the domestic treble, there seems to be no team that can stop their stride. While they may lose at some point or crash out of any competition, it may be a function of them not hitting top gear or looking too far ahead.
City are on a different pedestal and it seems like just reward for the club hierarchy for sticking by their man.