Perhaps the most alarming thought for the other teams with aspirations of winning the Premier League is that Manchester City can shimmer with this kind of confidence, pass the ball so elegantly and comprehensively outplay the reigning champions at a time when Pep Guardiola’s team are missing the player who needs one more goal to establish himself as the club’s joint all-time record scorer.
There was a time when Sergio Agüero’s absence would have felt like a grievous setback for City. Not any longer judging by the latest victory. City were the better team in every department and, by the end, it was starting to feel like a trick of the imagination that Chelsea had finished 15 points better off than their opponents last season.
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