Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee reckons that Pep Guardiola’s current Manchester City side are better than Manchester United and could end up eclipsing Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles.
Cottee believes that City are currently head and shoulders above Arsenal in terms of quality and they proved that on Sunday with the 3-1 win at the Etihad.
“I watched the game against Arsenal and what I loved about it was the confidence, the arrogance that comes with being a top team of being able to play out of any situation,” Cottee said on Sky Sports.
“You’ve got a goalkeeper passing it six yards, making an angle to be able to get the ball back from a defender and they play out from all angles.
“You can argue Arsenal didn’t always press as a team, they pressed as individuals but they just played around them.
“Arsenal are a decent team, they’re not a fantastic team, they’re a decent team. They made them look very, very average.
“I think they’ve shut up shop defensively and we know what they’ve got going forward.
“This potentially could be the best Premier League team we’ve ever seen.
“You’ve got the Invincible’s, and many Manchester United teams.
“Potentially, this could be the best.”
While Cottee is right about City being better than Arsenal – anyone with eyes can see that – saying they could be even better than the Invincibles before we’re even in December is a bit premature.
So far, Pep’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League and have only drawn once. However, there’s still 27 matches to play.
Going a whole season unbeaten would be a massive achievement considering how competitive English football is. That’s why the last team to do it was Arsenal during the 2003/04 season.
If City do manage it this term, it will have been 14 years. Before that, no one had done it since Preston North End in 1888/89.
While I’m sure City will win the title, we won’t really know if they’re better than the Invincibles or not for another six months.
Perhaps then Cottee can cast a more accurate judgement.
They are looking good though…