Football: The good, the bad, and the ugly gap

Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have raised the bar in the EPL. They have had record amounts of possession, with near-flawless passing. It has been all but impossible for lesser sides to beat them without the ball.
Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have raised the bar in the EPL. They have had record amounts of possession, with near-flawless passing. It has been all but impossible for lesser sides to beat them without the ball.PHOTO: REUTERS

Premier League's top five clubs are lapping the competition at an unprecedented rate

If Maurizio Sarri is right, the extraordinary may become the norm.

Manchester City broke many a record when becoming English Premier League champions last season.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'The good, the bad, and the ugly gap'. Print Edition | Subscribe