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This is league-leaders Man City’s WORST start to a Premier League season since 2014

Pep Guardiola's men have scored for fun and given nothing at the back... but they're still slacking by usual standards

Man City are a team to be feared right now.

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have forged an irrepressible strike partnership, scoring nine goals in five Premier League games so far.

The creative hub of Kevin De Bruyne (three assists) and David Silva (four assists) is yet to find a lock they can not unpick.

And their supposedly vulnerable defence has been airtight, conceding just two goals, both of which came in August.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored five goals already this season - averaging 75 minutes per goal

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Happy days

Pep Guardiola’s men are currently the subject of wide-spread praise following their 6-0 thumping of Watford to take them to the top of the league — albeit on alphabetical grounds.

So it may surprise you to learn that this is actually Man City’s WORST start to a Premier League season since 2014.

Pep Guardiola's side have picked up 13 points from their first five league outings

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Seriously, it’s true

The Etihad residents have only dropped two points (at home to Everton) in five games but that’s enough to leave them trailing in the wake of their past incarnations.

Last season Guardiola threatened to make a mockery of all those who warned him of the Premier League’s increased difficulty compared to La Liga and the Bundesliga by winning his first six league games.

That run included a 2-1 win at Old Trafford and two four-goal hauls against Stoke and Bournemouth.

It wasn’t until October, when a 2-0 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane triggered a run of just one win in five, that the life became somewhat tricky for Guardiola and City.

Off to a flyer

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Off to a flyer

The season before that it was Manuel Pellegrini who guided City to the maximum of 15 points from the first five games.

They beat Chelsea 3-0 and didn’t concede a single goal until their sixth game (at home to West Ham) before again allowing their early lead to slip away in winter.

Quick out the blocks

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Quick out the blocks

You have to go back to the 2014/15 season to find a start to the season worse than the current crop’s.

Back then the fixture list conspired against them and matched them up against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea within the first five games of the campaign.

City avoided defeat to their title rivals but a loss at home to Stoke tarnished an otherwise encouraging first third of the season.

Remember when they had Steven Jovetic?

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Remember when they had Steven Jovetic?

Whatever City have been doing in pre-season in recent years has certainly been working.

Can they maintain the momentum from their blistering start this campaign or will they fade away again?


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