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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City ‘can be the best team in history’

• City just two points shy of Chelsea’s record tally with three to play• ‘It is incredible. We have something special in terms of confidence’Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City side to establish themselves as “the best team in history” after th…

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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City ‘can be the best team in history’

• City just two points shy of Chelsea’s record tally with three to play• ‘It is incredible. We have something special in terms of confidence’Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City side to establish themselves as “the best team in history” after th…

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West Ham still not safe after emphatic win for Manchester City

The locals were pouring away from this arena long before the final whistle, with West Ham’s Premier League status feeling ever more precarious. The gap from the bottom three has been shaved to an unnerving three points over the weekend and while there …

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Chelsea have the look of an unstoppable force thanks to N’Golo Kanté | Dominic Fifield

West Ham were outnumbered, ground down and eclipsed by a dynamic team that is leaving the rest of the Premier League far behind

This was the kind of result to drain any lingering optimism from the chasing pack. A victory to drum in the reality that, for all Antonio Conte’s protestations to the contrary, Chelsea’s pursuit of the title has taken on the feel of a procession. They weathered some turbulence at times here, their backline heaving to stay intact, but were pierced so deep into stoppage time that the concession hardly even registered with a dwindling home support. The lead over second place gapes at 10 points again. There is no stopping this side and no hope at all for those who still dare to count themselves contenders.

Everything about them is relentless at present and that alone is enough to deflate most opponents. Chelsea have dropped 15 points all season and, such is their dominance, it would take a cataclysmic collapse, probably combined with the untimely loss of a number of key players to injury, to hand either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur even a scent in the chase.

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Chelsea have the look of an unstoppable force thanks to N’Golo Kanté | Dominic Fifield

West Ham were outnumbered, ground down and eclipsed by a dynamic team that is leaving the rest of the Premier League far behind

This was the kind of result to drain any lingering optimism from the chasing pack. A victory to drum in the reality that, for all Antonio Conte’s protestations to the contrary, Chelsea’s pursuit of the title has taken on the feel of a procession. They weathered some turbulence at times here, their backline heaving to stay intact, but were pierced so deep into stoppage time that the concession hardly even registered with a dwindling home support. The lead over second place gapes at 10 points again. There is no stopping this side and no hope at all for those who still dare to count themselves contenders.

Everything about them is relentless at present and that alone is enough to deflate most opponents. Chelsea have dropped 15 points all season and, such is their dominance, it would take a cataclysmic collapse, probably combined with the untimely loss of a number of key players to injury, to hand either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur even a scent in the chase.

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Gabriel Jesus off the mark as Manchester City rout West Ham again

If this was a glimpse of Manchester City’s future then the Premier League, other than perhaps West Ham United, should rejoice at the thrill that is to come. A team who had run riot in the FA Cup at this expansive venue a little under a month ago merrily put these opponents to the sword once again to surge to within a point of second place. Their authority was hardly ever tested, their brilliance on the ball illuminating the Olympic Park. How they must crave visits to this corner of the capital.

Pep Guardiola had initially paced his huge technical area here but, once his team had eased ahead, sat back and relaxed instead. A few seats along shivered Sergio Agüero for all but the last 17 minutes of play, the Argentinian descending deeper into his bench coat while a new star rose to prominence out on the turf. Gabriel Jesus, recently arrived from Palmeiras for £27m, tormented befuddled West Ham players at will until Sam Byram determined the only way to stop the youngster was to clatter him. Already the Brazilian looks the successor in waiting to Agüero. The thought that he will actually improve in the years ahead is enough to reduce defenders to gibbering wrecks.

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Gabriel Jesus off the mark as Manchester City rout West Ham again

If this was a glimpse of Manchester City’s future then the Premier League, other than perhaps West Ham United, should rejoice at the thrill that is to come. A team who had run riot in the FA Cup at this expansive venue a little under a month ago merrily put these opponents to the sword once again to surge to within a point of second place. Their authority was hardly ever tested, their brilliance on the ball illuminating the Olympic Park. How they must crave visits to this corner of the capital.

Pep Guardiola had initially paced his huge technical area here but, once his team had eased ahead, sat back and relaxed instead. A few seats along shivered Sergio Agüero for all but the last 17 minutes of play, the Argentinian descending deeper into his bench coat while a new star rose to prominence out on the turf. Gabriel Jesus, recently arrived from Palmeiras for £27m, tormented befuddled West Ham players at will until Sam Byram determined the only way to stop the youngster was to clatter him. Already the Brazilian looks the successor in waiting to Agüero. The thought that he will actually improve in the years ahead is enough to reduce defenders to gibbering wrecks.

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