Take a look at Manchester City’s recent results: 6-0, 4-0, 5-0.
They also scored fourteen goals in the opening five games.
Temporarily top of the table at the time of writing, Pep Guardiola’s side are finally looking to take shape, and the results are especially pleasing to watch.
It’s worth pointing out that Pep’s team started magnificently last season, winning their first six league games before eventually slipping at the hands of Tottenham. That, however, was last season.
Pep was afforded time to craft a side and a trophy-less season means that a repeat would be unthinkable.
This team appear to be a different animal. At their best, the team is a wonderful attacking outfit blessed with pace and creativity. Questions over the defence remain, but there are signs that the team is starting to become adjusted to Pep’s methodology.
With €250 million invested over the summer, it’s fair to expect a certain amount. However, City’s Manchester neighbours will attest that spending vast outlays does not guarantee success.
One of the most drastic improvements is the full-back position, where all four who previously occupied the vicinity have left the club and significant amounts were spent on upgrades.
One need only to have watched the win over 10-man Liverpool last weekend to see the impact Benjamin Mendy has made to the starting XI.
The marauding Frenchman was a constant threat throughout the game and as 23, has his best years ahead of him. Quick and powerful, Mendy will cause major problems for opposition teams this season.
Another area that has seen notable improvement is up front in the shape of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
In a time where striking partnerships are rare, it is refreshing to see. The efficiency and surgical-like finishing of Aguero combined with the fluidity and energetic performances of Jesus (has now had a direct hand in 15 goals in his last 15 games) make the two together a mouth-watering prospect and a nightmare for defenders.
Add the creative flair of the metronome in Man City’s side, the genius David Silva and the constantly effective Kevin de Bruyne (who has become one of the league’s best midfielders), the Citizens appear in good stead progressing through the early months of the season.
Matthew Coughlan, Pundit Arena