The only thing that can stop Manchester City winning the Premier League now is themselves – if they collapse for any reason. The problem for their rivals is that it does not look like that will happen.
Sunday’s emphatic 4-1 victory over defending champions Liverpool at Anfield was City’s 10th in a row in the league and I just don’t see another team capable of putting together a winning run like that to challenge them.
On this evidence, City are not going to crack either, whatever is thrown at them.
Pep Guardiola’s side are still in all four major competitions so their busy schedule in an already hugely demanding campaign is not going to ease up, but they have a strong squad that has been playing twice a week all season so it is nothing new to them.
We also don’t know what could happen in terms of injuries to City’s key players but they have already coped without Kevin de Bruyne for the past five games and have been without Sergio Aguero for most of the season – his last league start was in October.
Gabriel Jesus has been sidelined too so there have been long spells where they haven’t had a recognised centre-forward available, but that doesn’t seem to have made any difference.
Not only are City on a record-equalling winning run as an English top-flight side of 14 games in all competitions, they are playing some fantastic football too.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson obviously had a dreadful game on Sunday, and gifted Pep Guardiola’s side two of their goals, but I thought Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan were all magnificent to ensure City ran away with it.