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Manchester City’s start no flash in pan but history is littered with flops | Jonathan Wilson

Pep Guardiola’s side are threatening points and goals records and, though other fast starters have faded, nothing suggests they will do likewise in the title race

Manchester City’s start to the season has been remarkable, largely because they are challenging records for two different types of dominance. Only Tottenham in 1960-61 have a better record at this stage, winning 11 out of 11, while only seven other sides have won 10 and drawn one of their first 11 games, all in the past 40 years which perhaps suggests how money has created bigger divides between teams.

And only six sides have ever scored more than City’s 38 goals after 11 games, four of them in the 19th century. What seems really telling, though, is that only one team features in both lists – and that’s City themselves under Roberto Mancini in 2011-12.

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