Manchester City has not been leader since Day 1. Citizens yet emerge as favorites for the Premier League. Here is why.
Ten games unbeaten in all competitions, including nine wins: Manchester City in full swing for six weeks. Finally, some would say, since Citizens survived an early season very complicated.
Only round of Premier League in mid-November, men Manuel Pellgrini chained up for success in second place, one point behind Arsenal . Of all teams in the Premier League, City is the best over the past six days, with sixteen points garnered in this period. Newcastle , Chelsea and Everton after thirteen.
Performance Of His Attackers
With 53 goals in 18 days, Manchester City tied a record set Thursday by himself during the 2011/2012 season. Note that the record after 19 games in the Premier League is also 53 achievements. So it only takes one against Crystal Palace on Saturday for this season into the annals of the English league.
Symbol of this ongoing success, Alvaro Negredo scored in each of his last nine appearances on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium. Before his injury for two months, Sergio Aguero was also in great shape, with thirteen league goals this season. It is only surpassed by Luis Suarez (19) in the standings. Behind this hyper prolific duo, the midfielders are also the job (four goals for David Silva and Samir Nasri ). And say that Edin Dzeko often squat bench and Stevan Jovetic has just left the infirmary.
Defense Not So Bad
If the Red Devils are struggling in an area, it is the defense. The Citizens have not kept their clean sheet since December 1 against Swansea (3-0), seven consecutive games in all competitions. They have conceded 12 goals in seven matches. Evidence that partners Vincent Kompany have an Achilles heel. But they still have the fifth best defense in the Premier League, Everton four units. A situation is far from alarming. Especially since the comeback of Matija Nastasic in the infirmary for a month and whose absence coincides with the pump stroke his team can only restore order in the house.
The Depth Of Bench
No Sergio Aguero, so what? In the absence of the Argentinian striker, package, City maintained its dominant stride in Liverpool Thursday (2-1). The Citizens have a leeway to run their team. His opponents can not say the same. Arsenal would certainly not be the same team without Mesut Ozil . Although Daniel Sturridge scored a convincing acting to start the season, it is difficult to consider Liverpool as effective without Luis Suarez. Same for Manchester United , who suffers when Wayne Rooney and / or Robin van Persie missing. For its part, Pellegrini at hand three top players at each position almost international level.
The depth of the bench must be especially helpful to negotiate the best dates in the Champions League (8th finals against Barcelona) without losing feathers in the league. Especially since City is still engaged on four tables.
Nine wins in as many games at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City is untouchable to his audience. This full house impresses, especially as many big fish Premier League have already made the trip in the North West of England (MU, Arsenal, Tottenham , Liverpool). Many games where Citizens have marked the spirits, to an average of 4.5 goals per game in the four opponents. Any champion of England begins with an excellent track record at home before thinking scrounge points elsewhere. Long troubled outside, the Red Devils have also corrected this far from their bases, with two wins and a draw in their last three trips to the Premier League. A rate of champion.
Show Of Force
Over the weeks, Citizens continue to be remembered. The four victories mentioned above have strengthened the feeling of superiority over their rivals Red Devils of the English championship. But they mostly struck a blow by winning on the lawn of Bayern Munich in closing the group stage of the Champions League (2-3). 2-0 However, they overthrew the reigning European champions at the Allianz Riviera and made a strong impression. If this victory did not bring them any points in the Premier League, it has inflated their trust and sent a strong message to the direct opponents Skyblues. She especially showed all the progress made by the team since the arrival of Pellegrini at the helm.
Recognized for its ability to play its team, whether with Villarreal , the Real Madrid or Malaga , Chilean technician is going to succeed his bet at Manchester City. He was far from won this summer, when he recovered a group in the doldrums after a failed season. No pleasure transpired this team which Robert Mancini has never pulled the quintessence, despite a champion of England in 2012.
Pellegrini fumbled for two months to find the right formula. But now he holds and not let her go. Result: his feast throughout Europe with a slick attacking play. If everything still lacks balance, it gave her a real style training Mancini sought for four years without putting hands on.
The Thirst For Revenge Group
The Citizens remain on / extremely frustrating 2012 season 2013. They abandoned their Premier League crown to United hated neighbor. They missed the Cup after a final completely missed against Wigan (1-0) and left the Champions League at the group stage. A real desire to erase this exercise anime workforce, which begins to find relative stability after many moved mercato mercato after. In the offseason, only five players arrived (Fernandinho, Jesus Navas , Negredo, Jovetic, Demichelis ). They are perfectly blended into the collective, that Pellegrini wanted when making recruitment. Stripped of its heads mule, Carlos Tévez and Mario Balotelli in mind, Manchester City can move forward in peace. The benefits are felt on the ground.
Arsenal is not as dashing month, Chelsea blowing hot and cold this season, Liverpool is not used to playing a leading role in the league, behind which MU like a ball a disastrous start: candidates under know all their difficulties. In this context, Manchester City clearly emerges as the best army team to bring the Premier League at home. If the top of the table has rarely been so dense (the first eight stand eight points), all courses involved in this fight are not the arguments of Citizens. They seem a tone or two above the competition. To validate this print them on the ground.
For several weeks, the British bookmakers and their keen eye always stuck at Manchester City label of major favorite.
Quoted at around 2, the Red Devils are much better evaluated Chelsea (6) and Arsenal (10). They will take on this new status in the coming months if they want to go for a fourth league title in their history. Because trophies are won on the ground, not in the halls of paris.