Jonathan Wil­son

Man City too good

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There is a mount­ing sense in Eng­land this sea­son that Manch­ester City are sim­ply too good. The prob­lem is not merely that they are a club of stag­ger­ing re­sources, it is that they have de­ployed those re­sources supremely well.

There was much mock­ery when City spoke of their de­sire to be more “holis­tic” when they sacked Roberto Mancini in 2013, but they are a gleam­ing ex­am­ple of what hap­pens when ev­ery­thing at a club works in har­mony, when play­ers are bought to suit a man­ager’s phi­los­o­phy.

Their vic­tory over Manch­ester United in Novem­ber fit­ted the pat­tern of all five league der­bies since Pep Guardi­ola and Jose Mour­inho ar­rived in Manch­ester in that the re­sult didn’t re­flect City’s dom­i­nance. None­the­less, it con­tained some star­tling pas­sages of play. It is ex­traor­di­nary, for in­stance, that by the time David Silva scored the open­ing goal af­ter 12 min­utes, they had com­pleted 96 passes to United’s five. Fer­nand­inho com­pleted six in the move that led to City’s third goal.

And that’s Manch­ester United, the rich­est club in the world, be­ing un­able to com­pete. For clubs with fewer re­sources, there is no chance.

Twelve games into this sea­son,

Bat­tle...Liver­pool (in red) try to com­pete with Manch­ester City

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