Each time this Man City side get beaten in the Premier League it makes you realise just how special Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ season under Arsene Wenger truly was.
Everyone falls over themselves to laden Pep Guardiola’s purring team with superlatives, ‘the best in the world’, ‘The Premier League’s greatest ever’ etc.
But still in neither their record-breaking season last year or this campaign have they got close to going the whole season unbeaten.
One week Chelsea are made to look like schoolboys by Spurs, the following they stun City to put a spanner in the works of their title-winning machine.
Amid all the clamour for Chelsea’s impressive win there is one man who will be very pleased to see Aymeric Laporte finally end on the losing side in the Premier League – Jens Lehmann.
The French centre-back, who arrived as City’s record transfer, has adapted to life in England seamlessly.
At just 24 years old he has slotted in to City’s backline and looks so comfortable as an imperious presence in defence and as very pleasing ball-playing defender.
So much so that he played 24 league games before eventually tasted defeat for the first time against the Blues.
He moved to City in January 2018, playing nine games without defeat last season before another 15 this term… he must have forgotten what it feels like.
But after Laporte succumbed to Maurizio Sarri’s side, Lehmann’s record unbeaten start to a Premier League career goes on.
The maverick German shot-stopper made an incredible start in England as he played every single game of the Gunners’ invincible season.
Lehmann joined Arsenal in the summer of 2003 and it took a full 47 league games before he ended up on the losing side.
In that time he won a Premier League winners’ medal and went a season unbeaten.
Had City come through unscathed against Chelsea, Lehmann might well have been thinking that his personal record could be under threat.
Until yesterday evening’s game the Citizens had looked so good that people were beginning to think no one would ever beat them again.
But Chelsea’s dogged defence and danger on the counter attack paid off, with City failing to create many clear-cut chances.
Will anyone ever get close to Lehmann’s record again?
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