Man City remain a class apart

Forward Riyad Mahrez is Manchester City's only major signing this summer but, with a top-notch squad to mount an English title defence, he may seem like a luxury buy.
Forward Riyad Mahrez is Manchester City's only major signing this summer but, with a top-notch squad to mount an English title defence, he may seem like a luxury buy.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

With Guardiola, there should be no major decline even as a stronger Liverpool loom

The only way has been down.

Six, one, nine, 11 and four. Twenty-seven, seven, 37, 37 and 23. Those numbers may have a pertinence to Manchester City.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'City remain a class apart'. Print Edition | Subscribe