The demolition squad that is Manchester City eased through the gears once again yesterday as they put Burnley to the sword with a display that was breathtaking from start to finish, the match terminating at 5-0 and could simply have been double that.
Sergio Aguero could probably have scored 5 goals himself in the first half but settled for a single as City prepared to hit another record. Did someone tell me that City have now won more 1500hrs kick-offs than any other team since the Premier League began? If so, you can blame the new record on the broadcasters who for some reason continue with the Moaning Maureen Chronicles rather than concentrating on true football.
So, a 5-0 win boasting 5 different scorers and 5 outstanding goals from Aguero, adding to his scoring record, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Mahrez and Sane. Add to that a back four that used Mendy, Kompany, Laporte and Stones at right back. Laporte must be the ultimate centre-back machine right now and Stones demonstrated his versatility with an excellent showing patrolling the right-hand side on offence and defence.
A special mention for Joe Hart, returning with his new club. After pulling off a couple of decent saves early on, notably from Aguero, you could see the frustration burning within him once Sane clocked up number 5. Still, as expected, he received the warmest of welcomes home from the City faithful who have not forgotten that Joe steered the blues towards 2 Premier League titles, more than “the best goalkeeper in the world” across the City limits in Stretford.
It makes me laugh that TalkRubbish insists that the Premier League lead is double-pronged. Do they not realise that a team with a goal difference of 23 takes preference over a team with one of 13. It’s not rocket science.
Liverpool may be equal on points, but that’s all. The Coachbusters of Shamfield will now be starting to look at City’s expanding goal difference and thinking more of trying to get a points advantage somewhere. City have a trickier look to their approaching schedule but once again the other sides will be thinking that City are once again where the best team in the land should be and they still haven’t started with a team including all members of their “best eleven” yet.
With a bench pregnant with internationals such as Sterling, De Bruyne, de Jesus, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden and Muric, you can more or less see the pathway to the title this season. The packed period over the festive season might well make or break it this season and it could well be then that the mean machine turns on the after-burners.