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Man City prove they’re a completely different beast with mauling of Wolves

Another win and another record for Manchester City.

Such is City’s brilliance that setting new bests has become commonplace for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But they had to work hard to extend their record winning streak to 21 in all competitions before they floored Wolves with a three late goals.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice either side of a Riyad Mahrez effort in the final 10 minutes to see off Wolves.

City are now 15 points clear at the top of the table and well on course to wrap up third Premier League title in four years under Guardiola.

They are just two short of Bayern Munich’s record for Europe’s top five leagues of 23 straight wins set last year.

They also equalled the club’s record unbeaten run of 28 games set in 2017.

The champions to be claimed another scalp

City had to show graft as well as craft to win, despite dominating before Wolves scored, and Guardiola will have been pleased with their character.

Such is the constellation of stars in City’s squad, Guardiola was able to leave the talent of Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Phil Foden on the bench.

In came the likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo and City’s unmatched strength in depth is why they are coasting towards the title.

Wolves have been a bit of a bogey side for City, without being disrespectful to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and they did they double over the Blues last season.

But Guardiola’s City are a very different beast this season and the game quickly became attack against defence as the home side pinned Wolves in their own half.

It's now 21 successive wins for City
It’s now 21 successive wins for City

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rui Patricio reacts after Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scored
Rui Patricio actually made a number of fine saves

Sterling forced an early save from Rui Patricio and Kevin De Bruyne had a shot deflected wide as City started fast.

The opener was a thing of beauty, even if Leander Dendoncker got the final touch to turn it into his own net.

Mahrez expertly controlled Rodri’s superb diagonal ball with the outside of his left foot before centring with his right for Dendoncker to beat the lurking Sterling to his pass and knock the ball into his own goal.

Wolves did get some respite when Laporte was denied a second by an armpit offside, which was upheld by VAR.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice late on to make the game safe
Gabriel Jesus scored twice late on to make the game safe

Patricio kept them in the game and he denied Silva, De Bruyne and Mahrez before Conor Coady stunned them by equalising on 61 minutes totally against the run of play.

Wolves won a free-kick and Joao Moutinho floated it in for Coady to head home his first club goal since April 2018.

Suddenly belief surged through Wolves and Adama Traore blazed over from a great position in front of goal.

City regained their grip on the game and restored their lead 10 minutes from time when Wolves failed to clear Kyle Walker’s cross and Jesus fired home the loose ball.

Mahrez made it 3-1 on 90 minutes with a neat finish into the bottom corner before Jesus survived a VAR check for offside to complete the scoring in stoppage time.

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