Tough for City to match Ar­se­nal ‘In­vin­ci­bles’

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LON­DON: Kevin De Bruyne says it will be “very hard” for Manch­ester City to match Ar­se­nal’s “In­vin­ci­bles” in go­ing the en­tire Pre­mier League sea­son un­beaten de­spite their fly­ing start. City have made the best-ever start to a Pre­mier League sea­son after 10 games, col­lect­ing 28 points with a goal dif­fer­ence of plus 29. Satur­day’s 3-2 win at West Brom left them five points clear at the top of the ta­ble ahead of Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League trip to Napoli and the visit of Ar­se­nal on Sun­day.

Pep Guardi­ola’s team boast a proud record of be­ing the only un­beaten team in Eng­land’s top four di­vi­sions but De Bruyne said it was un­likely they would match the Ar­se­nal team of 2003-2004, who did not lose a sin­gle match. “To go un­beaten? Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it will be pos­si­ble,” said the 26-year-old.

“The level of com­pe­ti­tion is so high, in ev­ery team. It’s not like, with all re­spect, 10 or 15 years ago where you have a cou­ple of teams that won’t win against the top teams. “Now ev­ery game is hard and you need to be men­tally there. And with the Cham­pi­ons League and all the cups, there will be a game where maybe we are a lit­tle bit less and maybe lose. But as long as it keeps go­ing, it’s good. “Ob­vi­ously, if you win a lot of games it’s good for us. You keep main­tain­ing pres­sure. Hope­fully we can have two good games this week and go into the in­ter­na­tional break un­beaten and it will mean we put a lot of pres­sure on the rest.”

Leroy Sane, Fer­nand­inho and Ra­heem Ster­ling scored to clinch vic­tory at The Hawthorns, City’s eighth straight top-flight win. Vic­tory in Italy to­mor­row will mean City progress from Group F with two games to spare, but De Bruyne wants to avoid dis­trac­tions. “We know if we go to Napoli and win then we’ll have qual­i­fied. That would be a nice po­si­tion,” said the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional. “It’s im­por­tant just to get qual­i­fied not about think­ing about what it might mean, whether we could get a rest. If we are qual­i­fied, that is done. We might then have to think about fin­ish­ing first or what­ever but we know if we get a point or win, we are qual­i­fied.”

Jay Ro­driguez and Matt Phillips gave the score­line a more flat­ter­ing look than West Brom de­served on Satur­day and Kieran Gibbs con­ceded City are the best team he has faced.

The left-back said: “I think so. Col­lec­tively they are strong ev­ery­where. It’s tough to play against. The way they move the ball, the way the play­ers move po­si­tion. It’s hard to keep track.” — AFP

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