MANCHESTER CITY’S title rivals higher look away now.
Kevin De Bruyne reckons the leaders have gamers who can rating with their eyes shut.
The Belgian mentioned it with half a smile, after all — however the stats are definitely blinding for Pep Guardiola’s males proper now.
In 15 video games in all competitions this season, Metropolis have already rattled in an eye-watering 45 objectives.
So a mean of three per recreation, which means their win at The Hawthorns on Saturday was simply one other day on the workplace.
They even did it whereas leaving Sergio Aguero, the Premier League’s deadliest-ever marksman by way of minutes per aim, sat on the bench.
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A tally of 35 objectives in ten video games within the league is best than something Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona may handle.
At this price the file for a season of 103, set by Chelsea in 2009-10, can be obliterated.
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And De Bruyne, who has been the architect of greater than his fair proportion, is satisfied there are lots extra to come back.
He mentioned: “We exit realizing we are going to create probabilities. So long as we do that we are going to all the time rating objectives. That’s as a result of now we have guys who can rating with their eyes closed.”
Metropolis’s tally of 28 factors from ten matches equals the perfect ever begin to a Premier League season — beforehand matched in 2011 by Metropolis themselves and Chelsea 5 years earlier.
Whereas Shrewsbury’s defeat at Peterborough in League One means Guardiola’s males at the moment are the one unbeaten staff within the nation.
That led to extra speak of them going by way of the season with out shedding — as Arsenal did in 2004.
However, like his supervisor, KDB doesn’t anticipate it to occur, saying: “I don’t suppose will probably be potential. The extent of competitors is so excessive, in each staff.
“It’s not like, with all respect, ten or 15 years in the past the place you’ve a few groups that received’t win in opposition to the highest groups. Now, each recreation is tough and that you must be mentally there.
“And with the Champions League and all of the cups, there can be a recreation the place possibly we’re a bit of bit much less and possibly lose.
“The quantity of video games we play is huge and there could possibly be one other 40 or 50 to go.”
That unbeaten file can be below menace this week with a visit to face Napoli earlier than a house match in opposition to Arsenal.
But Metropolis will go into these video games with confidence as they proceed to interrupt data of their electrical begin to the season.
On Saturday they accomplished 844 passes in opposition to the Baggies — essentially the most by any staff in a Prem match for 13 years.
Their run of 21 video games unbeaten in all competitions, courting again to the FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Gunners in April, can be a membership file.
Guardiola although nonetheless believes his staff can step up.
Requested if he enjoys watching this facet play, he mentioned: “Sure, due to course I need extra.
“In opposition to West Brom we made errors on the entrance and on the again, however now we have received a number of video games over the past two months.”
Raheem Sterling, 22, and Leroy Sane, 21, grabbed a aim apiece right here and have been tearing groups aside down the flanks.
But Pep mentioned: “They nonetheless have an enormous, massive hole to enhance. I wish to inform them to be calm. Scoring objectives is so essential, taking part in properly is so essential, however they’ll do higher.
“I don’t have any doubts about that, as a result of they’re nonetheless younger and we are going to take the chance to work with them and possibly we can assist.”
Metropolis did make errors right here. They led by way of Sane however let Jay Rodriguez run on to Gareth Barry’s lengthy ball and hearth an equaliser.
Strikes from Fernandinho and Sterling put the guests again in cost earlier than Nicolas Otamendi’s late error gifted a aim to Baggies sub Matt Phillips.
However Albion’s former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs had a warning for his outdated membership, who journey to the Etihad subsequent Sunday.
Requested if this Metropolis facet are the perfect staff he has confronted, Gibbs mentioned: “I believe so. Collectively they’re sturdy in every single place.
“It’s robust to play in opposition to. The best way they transfer the ball, the best way the gamers transfer place. It’s arduous to maintain monitor.”
And it’s not simply the Baggies who’re feeling bewildered. The entire of the Prem is struggling to maintain monitor of Metropolis proper now.