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Manchester City – how has Pep made his team tick?

After a trophy-less season in his first year in English football, Pep Guardiola’s side are arguably one of the most exciting teams in Europe right now. The Citizens have been in scintillating form recently, having just become the first top-flight English team since Blackburn Rovers in 1958 to score 5 or more goals in 3 consecutive games.

After scraping past Bournemouth with a last minute winner from Raheem Sterling, City have clicked into the relentlessly clinical machine everyone expects from a Pep Guardiola side – blowing away their opponents with quick, attacking football and ruthless finishing.

But whilst City are currently unstoppable in attack, their defence has also impressed so far this season, having conceded just the two goals in the league. City’s reliance on Vincent Kompany at the back doesn’t appear as heavy as it has been in previous seasons, with Jon Stones and Nicolas Otamendi looking much more resolute and not leaking unnecessary goals.

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Manchester City have had some wonderfully gifted, attacking players in recent years, but now their strength in depth is an utterly frightening prospect for any premier league opposition. City have found a striker in Gabriel Jesus who not only challenges their soon to be record goal scorer Sergio Aguero but also links up with him brilliantly and the two have now formed a formidable partnership this season.

The fact that City didn’t even use Gabriel Jesus as sub and still beat Crystal Palace 5-0 highlights the sheer attacking power and depth at Guardiola’s disposal. Equally, if the masterful creativity of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne wasn’t enough, Guardiola has now added Bernardo Silva to his ranks – the man who made last years goal-crazy Monaco side tick in all areas of attack.

Leroy Sane, who was relegated to the bench at the start of the season is now laying a gauntlet for his place in the team with some fantastic performances recently, whilst Raheem Sterling has scored 5 times already in the Premier League this season.

City may have only played seven games so far this season, but their free-scoring and clean sheets have been extremely encouraging so far. Alongside Manchester rivals United, City have been the stand out team so far this season. But just how long can City sustain this impressive form? And who will be able to stop the most potent attack in Premier League?

Written by Lukas Jennings.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 35 25 5 5 80
2 Manchester United 35 20 10 5 70
3 Leicester City 36 20 6 10 66
4 Chelsea 36 18 10 8 64
5 West Ham United 35 17 7 11 58
6 Liverpool 34 16 9 9 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur 35 16 8 11 56
8 Arsenal 36 16 7 13 55
9 Everton 34 16 7 11 55
10 Leeds United 35 15 5 15 50
11 Aston Villa 34 14 6 14 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 12 9 14 45
13 Crystal Palace 35 11 8 16 41
14 Southampton 35 11 7 17 40
15 Burnley 35 10 9 16 39
16 Newcastle United 35 10 9 16 39
17 Brighton & Hov… 35 8 13 14 37
18 Fulham 35 5 12 18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 5 11 19 26
20 Sheffield United 35 5 2 28 17

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