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« on: November 07, 2017, 08:20:44 pm »

MANCHESTER -- John Stones is loving life at Manchester City but the England defender believes he can get even better.

City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal as rivals Manchester United slipped up at Chelsea.

The international break comes at a great time for Manchester City. They’re now coming off two consecutive Premier League matches in which they haven’t quite been able to maintain the peak altitudes they’ve hit at times during this soaring season of theirs—a relative slippage they most likely chalk up to fatigue. As long as City’s stars return to work in a couple weeks’ time uninjured and rejuvenated, they should be able to rebound from mere comprehensive beatdowns, and return to absolutely bulldozing whoever stands before them on their seemingly inexorable march to domination.

A week ago it was West Brom’s turn to get eaten up in the dulled but still whirring blades of City’s combine harvester. The final score was 3-2 in Man City’s favor, but that didn’t really tell the story of the game. City jumped out to an early lead in the 10th minute, saw West Brom level things almost right away, only to re-establish their lead immediately after the equalizer, and then cruise the rest of the way in a state of comfortable but cautious control. City couldn’t really relax until Raheem Sterling gave them a two-goal lead in the 64th minute in that match, but even by the end the tenacious Baggies made things almost interesting by cutting into the lead early on in stoppage time. City never appeared to be in any real pressure, but it wasn’t as convincing a performance as we’ve come to expect from this team playing at their apex, either.

The story was similar this weekend. City hosted Arsenal on Sunday and came out with an arguably deceiving 3-1 win. It wasn’t so much that Pep Guardiola’s men struggled—though optimistic Arsenal fans wouldn’t be wrong to take heart from the way the Gunners competed with the league leaders—but had a couple refereeing decisions (the penalty Sterling won that Sergio Agüero converted for the 2-0 goal was a totally fair call but also wasn’t so obvious a foul that anyone would’ve caterwauled had the ref not given it, and David Silva was clearly well offside on the Gabriel Jesus goal that killed the match off) not gone City’s way, it wouldn’t have been unfair at all had Arsenal come away with something.

"A lot of it is down to the preparation and post match," he added. "The recovery we do, how we go about things in the few days before the next game, the staff keep us fit and healthy and keep that mental state, the winning run.

"That comes from everyone, the hunger, the fight -- the boys have won titles and are hungry to do it again. That's driving us on.

"For people like me who haven't won anything it's all about progressing, getting as many points as we can and hopefully to achieve our targets which is to get silverware."
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 09:26:08 pm »

Smeeh, anyone can come out and blast 20 goals in a month, let's see if they are still winning come January ;)

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