Manchester Metropolis have historical past of their sights because the runaway leaders bid to take an enormous step in direction of the Premier League title in Sunday’s showdown with fading challengers Manchester United. Metropolis are 14 factors away from United with 11 video games left and victory within the derby would successfully finish their second-placed rivals’ faint hopes of catching them.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect have been so dominant because the finish of final yr that it’s the landmarks they’ll shatter on the best way to a 3rd title in 4 seasons that now maintain the best curiosity.
They’re unbeaten in 28 video games and can set a brand new membership file in the event that they keep away from defeat this weekend.
That could possibly be the primary of many milestones to fall for Metropolis, who’re on an English top-flight file run of 21 successive wins in all competitions.
The one groups from the highest 5 European leagues ever to file longer profitable streaks in all competitions are Bayern Munich (23) and Actual Madrid (22).
Metropolis can edge nearer to Bayern’s tally in the event that they clinch a sixteenth successive Premier League victory this weekend, which might additionally take them to the brink of their very own file of 18 consecutive Premier League wins, a mark shared with Liverpool.
Guardiola’s staff are six wins wanting equalling the world file for consecutive victories in all competitions by a top-flight aspect — set by Welsh staff The New Saints in 2016.
Metropolis’s unimaginable run is all of the extra exceptional given their troubled begin to the season.
After they have been held to a 0-0 draw at United in December, they have been some extent behind their rivals in ninth place and the loss of life knell was ringing for his or her title hopes.
However, aided by some intelligent tactical tweaks from Guardiola, together with the usage of full-backs Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker as auxiliary attackers, they’ve been good since then.
Metropolis haven’t trailed in a league fixture for 19 video games regardless of being with out the injured Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne for lengthy intervals.
Whereas United’s inconsistencies and the collapse of champions Liverpool have contributed to Metropolis’s surge to the highest, the leaders’ supremacy has not been restricted to the league.
‘One thing particular’
An unprecedented quadruple is inside Metropolis’s attain, however Guardiola is set to maintain his gamers from getting complacent.
“To do what we’ve executed in these 4 years, nonetheless profitable, these guys have one thing particular like my time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” he stated.
“We’re in a very good place. I didn’t count on to be on this place two or three months in the past however we should be calm.”
United have stumbled just lately, drawing 4 of their previous 5 league video games, and their title ambitions pale into the south London fog throughout Wednesday’s goalless stalemate at Crystal Palace.
Even so, United are unbeaten of their previous 21 away league video games and Guardiola is nicely conscious of the risk they might pose.
United are the one aspect in any of the highest 5 European leagues but to lose an away league match this season, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received on each of his visits to the Etihad since taking cost in 2019.
“I understand how tough United are,” stated Guardiola. “A couple of yr not dropping away they usually have good outcomes on the Etihad.”
Realistically United, who’re 5 factors away from fifth-placed Everton, must concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League, both through a top-four end or profitable the Europa League.
“Our focus is simply on this one sport and never the place we’ll find yourself,” Solskjaer stated.
“They’re forward of us by a good distance for the time being, so Sunday is an opportunity to check ourselves in opposition to an excellent staff.”
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