Who could topple high flying City?
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Antonio Conte admits it will be 'difficult'. Jose Mourinho maintains 'there is plenty of time'. Mauricio Pochettino says he is 'ambitous'. Three different views of three managers who all still maintain title aspirations, however, will any of them be good enough to overturn City's impressive start? Whilst City have been almost flawless so far this term, their closest challengers have all had problems of their own. Close neighbours Man United have had problems, with discontent over style and rumours of behind the scenes frustrations that have seen United drop points away at Huddersfield and Chelsea, as well as a disappointing performance at Anfield. Champions Chelsea had a turbulent start to the season - losing at home to Burnley before a surprising defeat to Crystal Palace. They have some impressive wins behind them too though and Alvaro Morata looks as sharp as a tack. Perhaps the most impressive team this term bar City have been Spurs who have been looking to overturn their Wembley curse. Spurs find themselves off the pace by 8
points however, with Harry Kane scoring for fun and a defence that has only conceded 7 goals so far, life at Spurs has never been sweeter. Their points tally needs addressing though.
Guardiola's men have already won 10 games this season, scoring 38 goals, 15 more than 2nd place Manchester United. References will be made to last season where their early start quickly tailed off and left City finishing 15 points off eventual winners, Chelsea.
Talk has also been of City's poor winter performances in recent years. City last season dropped 9 points from a possible 18 in December, with worrying performances against Leicester and Liverpool and were hammered by Everton in early January. Pep Guardiola however insists the mentality of the team is now stronger than ever.
The question remains though is Mourinho still the second season master?
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