In terms of campaign-long performances, Manchester City’s 2017/18 season is undoubtedly up there with the greatest we’ve seen in Premier League history. Before the season comes to a close next month, Pep Guardiola’s side could fittingly set a succession of new records. But even if they don’t, no side over the last 26 years has been so consistently dominant as this City team, indiscriminate of the quality of their opposition.
But we all know how good City have been over the course of the whole season; the real dilemma is deciding which single ninety-minute performance has been the most impressive. We asked four Manchester City experts that exact question – here’s how they responded…
“The 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge was a major statement, relatively early in the season. To go the home of the then champions and comprehensively outplay them (the 1-0 scoreline flattered them greatly) felt like a significant moment. It was at that point that I had no doubt that we would go on to win the league, even though it was only the end of September. There was a gulf in class between the two sides.”
“Several stand out but the 90-minute domination of Chelsea away last Autumn signified that something special was afoot. In the modern era only Barcelona have gone to the Bridge and bossed them about as if they were minnows. It was a complete performance.”
“The best I’ve seen City play this season was in the 4-1 win over Tottenham in December. Spurs are a very good side, especially when they press, but we absolutely ripped them apart and showed no mercy. Many believed that City were vulnerable if you pushed them high and played with pace, but that game proved otherwise.”
“The Chelsea game is one that stands out for me. City went to the home of the champions and proved that they were more than just a team who played beautiful football. Missing big players like Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, and with Fabian Delph at full-back for the first time, City went to the Bridge and played the champions off the park. Back in September, Chelsea were revitalised and unbeaten since the first game of the season: it was a huge result at the time.”