Man City too good
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