Manchester City were very dominant this weekend in their 7-0 thumping of Norwich, in which 6 Manchester City players got on the scoresheet. Do they, though, have the ability to win the league, in what is so far a very tight and intriguing season?
As shown by this result, City have the ability and talent in their squad to demolish teams, with the depth in their squad shown by their bench yesterday, which included the out-of-form Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko, and Jesus Navas. Their midfield and attacking prowess is unquestionable, with the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero producing consistent world-class performances. Their defence, however, it slightly more questionable, and with Vincent Kompany becoming increasingly injury-prone, can City still be considered favourites for the title?
The side currently at the top, Arsenal, have shown very impressive form of late. Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have been playing well recently, and the Gunners now sit 5 points clear at the top of the Premiership. As last season has shown, Arsenal are prone to bad spells of form, and there are doubts as to whether or not they can remain at the top throughout the season.
Chelsea and Manchester United are still not out of the title race, by any means. Mourinho’s Chelsea suffered a loss at Newcastle at the weekend, but with Fernando Torres recapturing his form of old, could well be a presence at the top of the table come the end of the season. As for United, the Van Persie/Rooney partnership appears to be blossoming once more, and with a young squad eager to impress, and the ability to mount a seriously good run of form at any stage of the season, it would be naive to write off United at the moment.
In conclusion, though, I think City’s overall squad depth makes them favourites for the Premier League title this season, even if their current league position suggests otherwise.