Manchester City Smash 14 Year Record Against Swansea City

Virgil van Dijk rues a draw at The Hawthorns

Virgil van Dijk rues a draw at The Hawthorns Credit REUTERS

They made light of leading scorer Sergio Aguero's continuing absence to share the goals around, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne - with a 25-yard screamer - Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all getting on the scoresheet.

Swansea sit just one place above the relegation zone, but have a four point buffer over Southampton and Stoke.

Considering the style of the two managers, they are unlikely to go after the same player too often.

City would not be dominating in the Premier League without De Bruyne's vision and desire to take the game to the opposition. "More wins, more goals whatever the records, if it helps the players to be focused it's good", he said.

"It's never unfinished business in football, you have to keep improving".

What's more remarkable about this achievement - an achievement which, in fairness, you might've thought the Sky Blues had broken this already this season, such is their dominance- was that it last achieved in the 2003/04 seaso: the same period where Arsene Wenger's men ran riot on the league in similar fashion and the club earned the nickname ' The Invincibles'.

"I am sorry, maybe with numbers, there are numbers guys better than him, but no player in this season, with the team who wins [the title] five games before the end".

"When they had the ball we pressed so good and so intense and then when we had the ball we had to keep it moving, moving, moving, playing simple until we had the chance to play a final pass".

Still, Swansea provided City with a guard of honour before kick-off and the visitors were largely reduced to watching and admiring as City showed them why they are setting records this season. "We want to finish in a good way, especially at home".

"The fans have reacted amazingly and it means a lot to us", Guardiola added.

"Hopefully he can play the last games and reach the World Cup, but now, in the last games, since coming back from the national team, again he's injured". Just arriving with the bus, the people look at us and celebrate in the stadium.

His social media activity has earned him hero status among young City fans, as it was clear to see by the way he got mobbed after the final whistle today. So we spoke to the players in the week about that.

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