The resident Citizens in the Transfer Tavern were celebrating long into the night yesterday evening after their side gave them the local bragging rights with victory over Manchester United.
The first Manchester derby of the season promised to be a tantalising encounter in the Premier League yesterday. However, the quality of the match fell slightly short of what was expected prior to kick-off. Jose Mourinho’s side sat 8 points behind Manchester City in the build-up to the match which lead to plenty of pundits and fans to believe United would take the game to City. But despite United’s attacking line-up, City dominated throughout the majority of the match at Old Trafford, as United struggled to make an impression on proceedings with their counter-attacking set-up.
Although it was not the most imperious of City displays, the Citizens once again found a way to grind out a 14th straight league victory of the season, which represents a new top-flight record in English football.
But most importantly for Guardiola’s City slickers, the 3 points extended their supremacy at the summit of the Premier League to a staggering 11 points after just 16 matches.
All things considered, City’s lead at the top of the table already looks unassailable, but history suggests it is too early to wrap the Premier League trophy in blue and white ribbons just yet.
The chasing pack of United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs should take plenty of encouragement from City’s successful pursuit of United in 2012, when they closed a gap of 8 points in the final 6 games to snatch the title from their rivals grasp with virtually the last kick of the season.
At this moment in time, City’s lead is just 3 points stronger than United’s was in 2012, but there are 16 extra matches from which to close the gap.
There is still plenty of time for City to be caught this season as they are bound to slip up at some point along the way.
City’s title-rivals must continue to maintain faith in their abilities to catch the league-leaders this season, as the importance of momentum cannot be underestimated in football.
If City have one major set-back in the next few weeks, it could spark a shaky run of form, and their rivals must be ready to take advantage of any dip in form experienced by Guardiola’s side.