Manchester City were simply exquisite during last night’s 3-0 victory against Arsenal… and there were definite signs that Pep Guardiola is channelling the same level of performances that he achieved while at Barcelona.
City are expected to wrap up the Premier League title in the next few weeks, with second-placed Manchester United currently trailing the leaders by 16 points in the table.
And while City’s point tally and goal difference dwarfs every other team in the division, it’s the way in which they have tore teams apart that will be remembered long after the campaign comes to a close in May.
Guardiola’s team probably provided their strongest showing of the season against the Gunners last night, with every move the team made eerily similar to the way in which Barcelona dominated games from 2008 to 2012.
None were more obvious than David Silva’s goal though, which gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before the half-hour.
The speed of the move was matched by the intricacy of the passing, which saw Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Silva all combine in a lovely flowing move.
However, there was also an element of teasing the Arsenal players during the build up – which Guardiola’s Barca side were famous for:
Granted, City don’t complete anywhere near the same amount of passes as Barcelona would have prior to the goal if the La Liga giants had scored one similar during their four years of European dominance.
However, it’s clear that there are definite similarities growing between the two sides.
Whether City are able to replicate Barca’s longevity at the top is another question though!