Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side pick up a sixth successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their meeting with Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium having dropped just four points in their opening 13 league games of the campaign, and thus sitting pretty sat at the summit of the division, two points clear of Liverpool. And the Citizens maintained that gap with a routine success on Saturday, as goals from Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gundogan inspired the hosts to a 3-1 win over the Cherries, in turn clinching their 12th victory of the Premier League season.
Thus, there have been many thrilled City fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who has made the huge claim that he ‘would not be surprised if they [City] went through the season unbeaten’.
And with Guardiola’s men seeming to be even better than they were last season, a campaign in which they only lost on two occasions, Merson’s big claim is one that has a huge amount of substance, and as such is well on the way to being proven right.
Ultimately, the Citizens again look like the team to beat in the Premier League this season having won 12 and drawn the other two of their first 14 league games, but what is more worrying for their title rivals is that they have actually gained points this season from matches they slipped up on last term.
Guardiola’s side suffered two losses in the Premier League last term against Liverpool at Anfield and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, but they picked up four points from those games this time round – add in the fact they thumped Huddersfield Town 6-1, having only drawn 0-0 with them last term, and the Citizens are already six points up on last season.
That is quite remarkable given just how dominant Guardiola’s men were throughout last season in their run to 100 points and several Premier League records – add in the fact that they have already played Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham away from home, and this season could well be even better.
Significantly, it looks as though Guardiola’s team have actually improved from last term, with Riyad Mahrez adding even more to an already hugely talented front line, while Aymeric Laporte, a January signing from Athletic Bilbao, has made the centre back spot his own with several commanding displays.
As such, it all adds up to suggesting that the North West outfit could well hit new heights this time round.
Yes, the talk this time last season was similar in terms of going through the campaign unbeaten, but it’s arguable that City look even stronger this time round, while the fact that they have got some of the toughest away games out of the way early on suggests that defeats don’t look particularly forthcoming.
As such, Merson’s huge claim that they could go unbeaten this season certainly has some substance.
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