Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester City
Manchester City became record breakers for the second time inside a week, as after Pep Guardiola side beat neighbours Manchester United on Sunday to record the best start to any Premier League season, it then saw City smashing record for the most consecutive wins – as they beat Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium to record their 15th straight Premier League victory and surpass the previous record set by the ‘Invincibles’ side of Arsenal back 2002.
Following the Derby Day win, it saw all the post-match talk about what happened in the tunnel afterwards; as reports of players brawling, Managers getting soaked with milk and music being too loud for Jose Mourinho’s taste. Wednesday night though saw Manchester City playing all the right notes and were led by their conductor on the pitch, in David Silva.
The Spanish maestro played the home side like a fiddle in the contest, with Silva scoring a brace and had further strikes by Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero in the dominating win. It saw the home side left to chase shadows for the majority of the time as Pep Guardiola’s men put in a classy performance down on a chilly South Wales evening.
City started the contest and they meant to go on and had Sergio Aguero showings signs of his old self again, with the Argentine striker running at the Swansea defence early on and hitting his effort into the side-netting, but that sent the warning signs to the home side almost immediately.
Fernandinho then struck a perfect volley from the edge of the box that brought out a great save from Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal, as the Polish keeper got down really well to make the save. Jordan Ayew then had the home sides’ first shot on target after ten minutes of play gone in the game, as Ayew fended off a challenge from Nicolas Otemendi to then fire a low driven shot that saw Ederson more than equal to it.
The leaders had found themselves behind the Swansea defence on numerous occasions in the half and just couldn’t turn their shots into goals and despite the efforts of Argentine duo Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otemendi, both failed to get on the board. Eventually, Pep Guardiola’s men opened the scoring through David Silva with the Spaniard flicking the ball on at the front of the net, as his namesake Bernando Silva put in the cross to help put the visitors one up on 27 minutes.
In the 34th minute, it was 2-0, as Kevin De Bruyne saw his fizzed in free-kick bouncing past the keeper and into the far post to put City in firm control and have the home side looking a beaten side already. Danilo then had a rare effort on goal for the visitors, as the Brazilan defender saw his long-range pop held onto by Lukasz Fabianski and saw only one side in the game.
A minute into the second half, it saw another chance go begging for City as some good build-up play saw the Silva’s linking up once again and should have been 3-0, as Bernando played in David, and the midfielder somehow managed to miss the target with his curled shot.
Swansea was struggling to repel the Manchester City attacks on their goal and saw another chance heading their way, as Bernando Silva played a little ball to Sergio Aguero whose low shot across goal was saved by Fabianski and almost had the ball coming straight out to the sliding David Silva for a rebound, but the home side was let off the hook.
The visitor’s sublime football has saw them getting praise heaped upon them and saw City netting their third goal on 51 minutes, when Raheem Sterling played a ball into the path of David Silva and the City midfielder just delicately lifted his shot over the keeper and into the back of the net for 3-0 and leave the home side in disarray.
Sterling, then saw his volley on goal being stopped by the Swansea keeper but the flag was already up for offside and wouldn’t have counted anyhow. Aguero then showed his attacking threat again for the away side, as this time he shot just inches past the far post and have the striker looking like his old self again.
Ederson then made a brilliant save to keep the home side out in the 63rd minute of play when a Roque Masa shot had taken a deflection off Fabian Delph and that saw the keeper having to quickly adjust his feet to make a diving save and push the ball away. Sergio Aguero then made it 4-0 for the rampant leaders, and have the club’s record goalscorer taking his tally for the season to ten after a powerful run into the penalty area and fire his shot into the far bottom corner for a tidy finish.
Victory for the Blues meant that they retained their 11-point lead at the top of the table and sees them now facing Spurs on Saturday night in what will be another tough game for City, as the Blues face 3 games inside a week before Christmas arrives.