London - Manchester City powered to a Premier League record 15th successive
victory as David Silva's double inspired a 4-0 demolition of rock-bottom
Swansea on Wednesday.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also
found the net as the runaway leaders broke the previous Premier League
record winning streak set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.
Guardiola's side brushed aside a poor Swansea side to further tighten
their grip on the title race with two goals in each half at the Liberty
City remain 11 points clear of second placed Manchester United and once again looked every inch the champions-elect.
It was Spanish play-maker David Silva who was at the heart of City's historic success with two superb finishes.
game began at a terrific pace and the first chance fell to Aguero on
five minutes as he weaved his way through two challenges and fired into
A minute later some neat footwork gave Raheem
Sterling a sight of goal and Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn had to
make an important interception.
But it took a save at each end in a matter of moments to keep the score-sheet blank.
it was home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who reacted quickly to get down
low and push away a drive from Fernandinho from the edge of the penalty
Then Ederson in the Manchester City goal had to get down
well to keep out an effort from Jordan Ayew, who had cut in from the
De Bruyne blasted a difficult effort high and wide before Aguero headed over from a left-wing cross by David Silva.
a free-kick by De Bruyne bounced around the penalty area and struck a
frustrated Nicolas Otamendi on its way for a corner before Aguero looped
a header onto the roof of the net from a De Bruyne cross.
And Otamendi blasted well off target after Fabianski had failed to gather cleanly from a left-wing cross.
City's superiority was increasing, however, and a combination of poor defending and a fine finish gave them a 27th-minute lead.
Silva crossed from the right and David Silva crept between Van der
Hoorn and Kyle Naughton to finish superbly from close range with the
outside of his left foot.
It was 2-0 on 34 minutes when Naughton
fouled Sterling to the right of the Swansea penalty area and De Bruyne's
hopeful free-kick evaded a host of players and found its way under the
body of an unsighted Fabianski.
Less than a minute into the
second half, David Silva almost made it 3-0 with a lofted shot that
drifted just wide following a neat exchange of passes with Aguero.
David Silva made no mistake on 53 minutes as he added his side's third
goal, exchanging passes superbly and ghosting between two home defenders
before lifting a shot over the advancing Fabianski.
Mangala should have added a fourth goal moments later but, after meeting
David Silva's cross, he failed to make a clean contact and scuffed his
The visitors then compiled a superb passing move that ended with Aguero firing narrowly wide.
had a rare scare when a shot from the edge of the area by Roque Mesa
took a big deflection that wrong-footed Ederson, but the keeper
readjusted well to make a smart save.
With five minutes remaining
Aguero wrapped up the scoring as he drifted easily past two Swansea
defenders and found the bottom corner.
Even when Swansea
threatened a consolation goal late on, Otamendi was on hand to block an
effort from Leroy Fer before hooking the loose ball off the line.