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Chelsea change left-back goals, Man City wait for striker, Manchester United beats

Keep up to date with the latest transfer news and updates from the Premier League and beyond (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaKeep up with the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip from the Premier League and across Europe: * Dean Henderson said he would not be allowed to leave Manchester United Chelsea could be in the market for a new left-back in January with news that The English National player Ben Chilwell is likely to be out for the remainder of the season. Marcos Alonso is the next man but AC Milan's Theo Hernandez is the last to be linked when the Blues look to the transfer market. However, according to Tuttosport, Serie A giants are reluctant to lose the Frenchman, which could lead Chelsea to look elsewhere. The January transfer window will open and Premier League clubs are looking for ways to increase their seasons. The January transfer window will open and Premier League clubs are looking for ways to increase their seasons. Liverpool were in a defensive crisis at the time, with Virgil Van Dijk and others long-term defaulting, forcing the Reds to dive into the market to earn numbers. Liverpool were in a defensive crisis at the time, with Virgil Van Dijk and others long-term defaulting, forcing the Reds to dive into the market to earn numbers. Ben Davies came from Preston and Ozan Kabak came on loan from Schalke. Ben Davies came from Preston and Ozan Kabak came on loan from Schalke. Manchester United spent heavily to bring Amad down from Atalanta for £ 18m, while West Ham arguably secured the signing of the window by loaning Jesse Lingard to the Red Devils, which resulted in nine goals in 16 games. Manchester United spent heavily to bring Amad down from Atalanta for £ 18m, while West Ham arguably secured the signing of the window by loaning Jesse Lingard to the Red Devils, which resulted in nine goals in 16 games. Mid-season this year, Chelsea are likely to explore left-back and left-back options after Ben Chilwell's knee surgery at the end of the season, with Everton's disgraced Lucas Digne being an option. Mid-season this year, Chelsea are likely to explore left-back and left-back options after Ben Chilwell's knee surgery at the end of the season, with Everton's disgraced Lucas Digne being an option. The African Cup of Nations could have an impact on the teams too. Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita while still keeping pace with Manchester City in the title race. The African Cup of Nations could have an impact on the teams too. Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita while still keeping pace with Manchester City in the title race. Newcastle will have the first opportunity to inject the money among their new Saudi owners, with relegation entirely possible. We can expect the Magpies to be aggressive in finding new talent. Newcastle will have the first opportunity to inject the money among their new Saudi owners, with relegation entirely possible. We can expect the Magpies to be aggressive in finding new talent.

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Brentford 0-1 Man City LIVE! Premier League result, game stream and latest updates today

Brentford 0-1 Man City LIVE! Premier League result, game stream and latest updates today - (Author: Gardener)

todayMan City have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to west London to face Brentford. Man City have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to west London to face Brentford. City have won nine straight league games since the beginning of November and are six points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea at halftime of the season. City have won nine straight league games since the beginning of November and are six points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea at halftime of the season. Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Leicester on Tuesday night and Pep Guardiola will be desperate to take full advantage of his side by increasing the gap to defend their title. Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Leicester on Tuesday night and Pep Guardiola will be desperate to take full advantage of his side by increasing the gap to defend their title. City's form makes tonight's game a daunting proposition for Brentford, which has been badly hit by injuries, suspensions and Covid outages. City's form makes tonight's game a daunting proposition for Brentford, which has been badly hit by injuries, suspensions and Covid outages. However, Thomas Frank hopes that his team can round off an important year in 2021 with another famous evening in their new home. However, Thomas Frank hopes that his team can round off an important year in 2021 with another famous evening in their new home. 8:00 p.m., Malik Ouzia It was really a great 2021 for Brentford. They still started the year with a loss in the playoff final to Fulham last August, but rallied again to reach Wembley, where they beat Swansea to finally make it to the Premier League - and for the first time since 1947 in to return to the top division of Arsenal on a glorious night on the opening day of the season and scoop a point for Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium, but a home win tonight could top the lot by the end of the year. 7:26 PM, Malik Ouzia Well, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden are back in the City starting XI tonight after ticking off Pep Guardiola and they are attacked by Gabriel Jesus when the Spaniard makes four changes to his side. 6:51 pm, Malik Ouzia Thomas Frank has spoken about the frustration with injury problems his team is preparing for the game against the Premier League champions tonight. "We are playing against the team with potentially the largest budget in the league and the greatest coach of the modern age," said the Bees boss like us. “The good news is that we did pretty well against the other two top teams in the league, Liverpool and Chelsea. When we played against Liverpool and Chelsea, we played our strongest team and we showed that we can do something. “I promise we'll put a side out there that runs and fights; We will do everything to optimize it and use our advantages in the game. "

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Phil Foden returns with sublime tweaking to oust Manchester City by eight points

For a while, the Premier League title race was expected to break out in 2022, with the rare prospect of three contenders battling into springtime, and yet, as the New Year approaches, Manchester City thunders across the track alone while the others do Both of these three horse races wander aimlessly across the proverbial pasture. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester City* City scores ten straight Premier League wins to stay eight points ahead of the top. it's Manchester City thundering across the track alone while the other two roam aimlessly across the proverbial pasture in this three-horse race. Across west London from the new Brentford Stadium, it was Chelsea's turn to lose points again with a home draw with Brighton. Between City and Chelsea in second place there are now eight points and nine on Liverpool in third place, which could rise to twelve this weekend. Guardiola's team will play against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon. Suddenly it feels like it's up to Mikel Arteta to keep this Premier League title race interesting. A Phil Foden winner who sealed the best December in Guardiola's career - even judging by his high standards. The 21 points they've won in seven games have given them a kind of halfway lead in this title-winning Covid season. Five times in the history of the Premier League they were eight points ahead of the New Year, and each time the team in question became champions in May. There was a surprising amount of possession from City and a late goal for Aymeric Laporte that was not recognized by Var, although it was not one of their classic feats. They ended the game with Foden holding defenders twice his size deep in the Brentford half. The home team, eleven first-team players missing, were stuck with a well-known problem that they simply couldn't hold the ball long enough to hurt City and they couldn't get high enough onto the field to perform these standard dangerous routines start. It was another night that Jack Grealish seemed to be playing his best football in front of the Brentford defense rather than crossing it. The ten-game win in the Premier League dates back to October 30, when City last lost to Crystal Palace. No manager but one in the history of the Premier League has had more than two winning streaks of ten games. It was built on another safe performance by Fernandinho in midfield, which forms the basis of all the security in this City team. Joao Cancelo nodded one off the line at the start of the game and less than a minute later Foden had hit the other end. Guardiola then extensively praised Brentford and the problems it can cause. "We played the kind of game the away teams had to face in this stadium," said Guardiola. We moved the ball left to right. "The first half had come to an end with the escalation of a dispute between Fernandinho and the eminent Ivan Toney, Brentford's center-forward who had come to seek retaliation. The City midfielder, who A substitute for Rodri had kicked off with a stealthy foot on Toney's toe when the ball was elsewhere. Moments later, Toney responded by using a grounded Fernandinho to lift a boot and put his cleats on the Brazilian’s leg Toney had fallen for the provocation and was very lucky to get away with it.

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Phil Foden returns with a bang as Manchester City extend their lead at the top

Brentford 0-1 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's team have won 10 games in a row (Author: Gardener)

Phil FodenPhil Foden climbed the cheeky step and sent Manchester City into the new year with an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League. Foden's goal in the first half was enough for City to take a 1-0 win at Brentford and solidify the title race after Liverpool and Chelsea slipped. Foden and Jack Grealish had been benched for City's victories against Newcastle and Leicester after being pictured the night after they beat Leeds 7-0 at home. But the English were back in the starting line-up in West London and Foden's goal made it a perfect 10 straight wins for Pep Guardiola's defending champions. They have set English records for most wins (36) and most away wins (19) in the past 12 months, while their 113 goals are also a Premier League record. Brentford has beaten Arsenal, kept Liverpool and scared Chelsea this season, but with 11 first-team players missing - suspended Christian Norgaard and calf injury victim Bryan Mbeumo the last absent - this has the potential to be a long and painful night a team that had scored 30 goals in their last nine wins. In fact, it was after 10 minutes of constant, if rather toothless, possession by City of Brentford that created the first real chances. When City passed the ball on the center line, Frank Onyeka raced through the counterattack before firing a low shot, which Ederson collected. Moments later, Joao Cancelo was forced off the line after Yoane Wissa's miss struck Ederson's goal awkwardly. But with the usual ruthless efficiency City promptly swept the other end and scored seconds later, Kevin De Bruyne hit a first cross from the right, which Foden skilfully led home with his instep. The rest of the first half was pretty uneventful, save for the increasing crack between Fernandinho and Ivan Toney which culminated in the Brentford striker giving his opponent a gentle kick on the shin while he was on the ball. Brentford defended stoically, not least in added time when Ethan Pinnock headed Grealish - who looked a bit lost in his role as the false nine - a simple finish at the far post. Less than a minute into the second half, Foden almost had another shot, his header from another De Bruyne cross flew past the far post. Foden, who now takes on the central attacking role with Grealish on the left, had the ball in the net four minutes later, but was offside when he nodded into Gabriel Jesus' cross. With three minutes left, the ball was back in Brentford net, but VAR judged Aymeric Laporte, who was headed just offside in a De Bruyne free kick, and for once City had to settle for the free kick with just one, which was enough to to ensure a happy new year for Guardiola and his team.

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Man City Cap Record 2021 with another win

Man City's win over Brentford crowned a record for 2021: 36 Premier League wins, 110 points, 113 goals. Your dominance knows no bounds. (Author: Gardener)

2021LONDON - Even if Manchester City doesn't reach the heights we've come to expect from Pep Guardiola's team, they are still basking on the sunny side of the street. The Premier League champions scored a 1-0 win in Brentford on Wednesday but ended the day after expanding their lead at the top of the table and setting the seal in a record-breaking calendar year. Liverpool's loss at Leicester City on Tuesday had given Man City an unexpected boost even before their first first division visit to Brentford since 1937, but Danny Welbeck's injury equalization for Brighton & Hove Albion against Chelsea - while that game was still in play - enabled Guardiola's side to make it to the to have eight points ahead of the top of the table in the last game of 2021. If Chelsea and Liverpool clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, City could be 11 and 12 points clear of their closest - or perhaps least distant - challengers if they start with a New Years win at Arsenal in 2022. We were 4-0 [up] against Leicester and in 20 minutes it was 4-3, "said Guardiola after the game, downplaying the importance of his team's rapidly growing lead over their title rivals." Thanks for the nice words, because we win, but I don't think it's done yet, because Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional. But there are still 54 points to play. But there are still 54 points to play. Even though Man City was clearly average in Brentford and only won through Phil Foden's goal in the 16th minute, it is currently impossible to bet against Guardiola's player. Outstanding or indifferent, the outcome is usually the same for a team now on track for fourth Premier League title in five seasons. It's a team that has played without a classic center-forward for most of the year as Sergio Agüero's fitness problems prior to his summer departure to Barcelona and failure to sign Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo forced Guardiola to face a host of bogus Playing nines - £ 100m winger Jack Grealish switched responsibilities with Foden against Brentford - during this season. Imagine how much further you would be now with Kane, Ronaldo or Erling Haaland at the top of the team to take advantage of all the opportunities Man City creates. While they may not have a definitive number 9, City have surpassed all of their rivals this season by scoring 51 goals in 20 games - one more than Liverpool in 19 league games. But despite having a commanding lead at halfway through the season, it is Man City's January-December performance and stats that really demonstrate their dominance in English football. After starting 2021 with a 3-1 win at Chelsea, City has won 36 of the 44 Premier League games in the league's twelve months, scoring 113 goals. Their record of 110 points in 2021 is a staggering 27 more than Chelsea and 33 more than Liverpool. City have played three league games more than Liverpool and two more than Chelsea, but even when you factor in the impact COVID-19 has on the games, their dominance is evident to all. And in terms of goals, they've scored 32 more than a stellar Liverpool team, including Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and 43 more than Champions League winners Chelsea. Man City have also set a new record of top division wins (36) in a calendar year that dwarfed Liverpool's number of 33 in 1982. The Brentford win was the league's 19th away win, which is another record - two more than Tottenham Hotspur in 1960. Brentford did its best to give City a frustrating end of 2021 with their first Premier League submission Belgian midfielder of the season. The home side dug deeply and limited City to just four shots on goal during the 90 minutes, but Guardiola never looked anything other than comfortable. They haven't caused Brentford the kind of defeat others have suffered this season, but City has always been in control. The same applies to the title race: eight points ahead and rolling out.

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How Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea stand after the last few games

Analysis; updated Premier League table; festive decor; League positions after match day over the previous season; current form; Top scorer and creator; Live games on Sky Sports during the holidays (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThat gives Man City an advantage at the end of 2021 - but where are Chelsea and Liverpool after the most recent round of Premier League games? In a crucial midweek, with Liverpool losing at Leicester and Chelsea being pushed back by a last-minute equalizer from Brighton, Manchester City took eight points ahead of the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Brentford. Chelsea are second, with Liverpool nine points behind Pep Guardiola, with one game in hand - although that gap could widen before Chelsea and Liverpool clash on Super Sunday. Opportunities were still being created, but when they were they were wasted. Fatigue shouldn't have been a factor and Klopp appreciated the irony of losing to a team that had played on Boxing Day given his complaints about the game. But the feeling remains that the sheer intransigence it takes to keep up with Manchester City has caught up with them. Chelsea were three points ahead of Liverpool and four points ahead of Manchester City after twelve Premier League games at the end of November. They are now eight points behind leaders City and only one ahead of Liverpool, who have played one more game. West Londoners have gone from 15/8 shots with Sky Bet for the title to 16/1. And there won't be a lot of takers at that price, given the shape of Manchester City and Chelsea. Although they only lost their lead in stoppage time against Brighton, they were for large parts the second best team against a team that pushed efficiently, intelligently overtook and looked more confident than their supposed title-claiming rivals. That's the relentless pace at the top of the Premier League, you just can't afford to win just four out of ten games like Chelsea did. Maintaining attacks and creating quality opportunities for himself becomes a real problem for Thomas Tuchel, who after further loss of points in his media work gives a frustrated figure. Their lack of sustained and high quality attacks can be demonstrated by an expected goal rate of just 0.67 in a 1-1 draw. Romelu Lukaku's goal came after a set piece, as did most of Chelsea's chances. Remember, this is a team that had 18 open chances in one game against Arsenal in the second week of the season. This is their current malaise, they have created a total of 18 open chances in their last three games against Brighton, Aston Villa and Wolves. The title contenders are good teams, but they look like they have too many mistakes when facing this runaway city train. Here they showed their mercilessly efficient top form and scored through Phil Foden 56 seconds after Joao Cancelo cleared the ball from his own goal line. "Boring, Boring City" sang the Brentford fans as their opponents stroked the ball in the closing stages. But given the results of Liverpool and Chelsea over the past 24 hours, a win here was, by and large, extremely valuable for City. Man City are pulling away, with a gap of eight points between them and runner-up Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool have a game in hand and could close that difference to six points - but Guardiola's side are now in control. Ten in a row for City and they're in dire shape. Liverpool suffered a defeat after their tie at Tottenham and failed to score for the first time in 29 Premier League games. During the Super Sunday Match between Chelsea and Liverpool, live on Sky Sports, all eyes are on Stamford Bridge. Guardiola and his City players will follow this with interest. Incredibly, they could be 11 points ahead of Chelsea at this point, with their next game against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. With the way this game has gone, we could see Chelsea or Liverpool throw their opponents completely out of the title race, while a draw at this point would only really suit City. Liverpool dominate the top of goals, shots, assists and chances took the table ... The Africa Cup will take place from January 9th to February 6th, with possibly 40 Premier League players called up for the tournament in Cameroon. Those called up to AFCON could at least one Premier League round (weekend of January 15-16), the third round of the FA Cup (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-finals (w / c 3 January and January 10th). in the best case. However, depending on when the clubs fire their players and how fit they are when they return, in the worst case scenario the players could miss more Premier League rounds, both the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup.

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How Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea stand after the last few games

Analysis; updated Premier League table; festive decor; League positions after match day over the previous season; current form; Top scorer and creator; Live games on Sky Sports during the holidays (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThat gives Man City an advantage at the end of 2021 - but where are Chelsea and Liverpool after the most recent round of Premier League games? In a crucial midweek, with Liverpool losing at Leicester and Chelsea being pushed back by a last-minute equalizer from Brighton, Manchester City took eight points ahead of the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Brentford. Chelsea are second, with Liverpool nine points behind Pep Guardiola, with one game in hand - although that gap could widen before Chelsea and Liverpool clash on Super Sunday. Opportunities were still being created, but when they were they were wasted. Fatigue shouldn't have been a factor and Klopp appreciated the irony of losing to a team that had played on Boxing Day given his complaints about the game. But the feeling remains that the sheer intransigence it takes to keep up with Manchester City has caught up with them. Chelsea were three points ahead of Liverpool and four points ahead of Manchester City after twelve Premier League games at the end of November. They are now eight points behind leaders City and only one ahead of Liverpool, who have played one more game. West Londoners have gone from 15/8 shots with Sky Bet for the title to 16/1. And there won't be a lot of takers at that price, given the shape of Manchester City and Chelsea. Although they only lost their lead in stoppage time against Brighton, they were for large parts the second best team against a team that pushed efficiently, intelligently overtook and looked more confident than their supposed title-claiming rivals. That's the relentless pace at the top of the Premier League, you just can't afford to win just four out of ten games like Chelsea did. Maintaining attacks and creating quality opportunities for himself becomes a real problem for Thomas Tuchel, who after further loss of points in his media work gives a frustrated figure. Their lack of sustained and high quality attacks can be demonstrated by an expected goal rate of just 0.67 in a 1-1 draw. Romelu Lukaku's goal came after a set piece, as did most of Chelsea's chances. Remember, this is a team that had 18 open chances in one game against Arsenal in the second week of the season. This is their current malaise, they have created a total of 18 open chances in their last three games against Brighton, Aston Villa and Wolves. The title contenders are good teams, but they look like they have too many mistakes when facing this runaway city train. Here they showed their mercilessly efficient top form and scored through Phil Foden 56 seconds after Joao Cancelo cleared the ball from his own goal line. "Boring, Boring City" sang the Brentford fans as their opponents stroked the ball in the closing stages. But given the results of Liverpool and Chelsea over the past 24 hours, a win here was, by and large, extremely valuable for City. Man City are pulling away, with a gap of eight points between them and runner-up Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool have a game in hand and could close that difference to six points - but Guardiola's side are now in control. Ten in a row for City and they're in dire shape. Liverpool suffered a defeat after their tie at Tottenham and failed to score for the first time in 29 Premier League games. During the Super Sunday Match between Chelsea and Liverpool, live on Sky Sports, all eyes are on Stamford Bridge. Guardiola and his City players will follow this with interest. Incredibly, they could be 11 points ahead of Chelsea at this point, with their next game against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. With the way this game has gone, we could see Chelsea or Liverpool throw their opponents completely out of the title race, while a draw at this point would only really suit City. Liverpool dominate the top of goals, shots, assists and chances took the table ... The Africa Cup will take place from January 9th to February 6th, with possibly 40 Premier League players called up for the tournament in Cameroon. Those called up to AFCON could at least one Premier League round (weekend of January 15-16), the third round of the FA Cup (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-finals (w / c 3 January and January 10th). in the best case. However, depending on when the clubs fire their players and how fit they are when they return, in the worst case scenario the players could miss more Premier League rounds, both the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup.

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Title race not over yet

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the race for the Premier League title is far from over, despite his side ending eight points ahead of Brentford in 2021. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the race for the Premier League title is far from over, despite his side ending up eight points at the top of the table after defeating Brentford in 2021. Phil Foden decided the encounter with his fifth league goal of the season at the beginning of the first half, the first time he finished brilliantly after a whip ball from Kevin de Bruyne. The last two times City finished first in the Premier League in December - 2011-12 and 2017-18 - they won the title. "There are 54 points to play for," said Guardiola. "All of you, thank you very much for your kind words because we win, but I won't believe any words you say have already been done or expected because Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional." The gap is not because they lose points "but because we win 10 games in a row." City set out to hit the club's record of at least four goals in four consecutive games back in 1905, but they rarely put up a hard-working Bees side shortly after the break on the verge of doubling their lead when De Bruyne and Foden met again The latter headed his team-mate's cross just wide of the post. Dias had ruled out a header for a minor offside position, but in the end Foden's first-half hit was enough to win. Brentford remains with 20 points 14th season in the top division. The winning goal came moments after the hosts scored but Ederson reacted well to block a Ruben Dias cross into the City goal before Yoane Wissa's deflected shot was cleared off the line. What looked like a three-horse title race at the beginning of December, City is now firmly in the lead after an incredible run of form while their rivals stalled. City has won every Premier League game in December, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five. But while their previous three wins scored seven, four and six goals, this was a close but hard-fought win that arguably only serves to bolster their references as favorites for the 2021-22 title. Getting results is as important as getting big wins, and they've managed to stand up to a physical Brentford squad that put Guardiola's team to the test. The only glimmer of hope for City's title rivals is that they didn't do their best, especially in the second half, but ultimately they'd done enough to secure the points as Brentford rarely looked like they were about to equalize. The Bees certainly deserve credit for narrowing a previously rampant city to one goal, and despite the defeat, it was a fighting performance that suggests they have a good chance of maintaining their Premier League status for another season . Only five times before, at the end of the year, they were at least eight points behind the top of the Premier League table, and each time the league leaders took the title. In eight of the last twelve seasons, the top team also won the title in January. "Four or five weeks ago it felt like Chelsea were ahead of the game but suddenly Chelsea and Liverpool have slacked off a bit and City are looking pretty good." Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes the title race will be over if City wins the next two games - Saturday at Arsenal and January 15 at home at Chelsea. "The impressive thing is the number of goals they score," he said on Amazon Prime. "But apart from the 6-3 win over Leicester on Boxing Day, they also hardly conceded which will make it really difficult for Chelsea and Liverpool to get back into the race, especially when you look at the next two from City." Then play [if they win] it's pretty much over. "* Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment is here

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Gritty Man City is showing no signs of slowing down in the Premier League title race

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after Chelsea and Liverpool lost both points (Author: Gardener)

Gritty Man CityManchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after Chelsea and Liverpool lost both points, title rivals fall by the wayside. City celebrated their tenth straight win, taking the lead by eight points after losing Liverpool at Leicester and Chelsea. To be fair, it was definitely not an easy night at Brentford, which was one hell of a fight despite 11 players sidelined from Covid and injury. It was arduous, physical and tricky, but Guardiola was still able to rest and turn and still find a formula for success after a tough test by the brave Brentford. Phil Foden scored the winner, arguably the best player on the court as he played a false nine-role for most of the game and City has so many options that they can become the standout player almost every month. No team wins the title in December, but a nine-point lead will send a shiver down Jürgen Klopp's spine while Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea is already imploding. But it sends out a statement as the pressure on the rest of it increases. City were the best team in 2021 and show no signs of slowing down over the next year either. When they failed to land Harry Kane that summer, they just played differently, which pays homage to Guardiola's genius, and although £ 100million Jack Grealish still had one more night off and was still reaching his full potential must, the others have intensified it. Guardiola warned before the game that in his eyes Brentford was the best team from set pieces in the Premier League. Frank Onyeka came close early, Yoane Wissa's cross was deflected by Dias and brilliantly held off by City Keeper Ederson. But the difference between the top and the rest is invariably in the workmanship. Brentford got close and was unlucky. Kevin De Bruyne whipped after a cross shortly after the post, Foden showed impeccable timing and cushioned a wonderful shot at Brentford keeper Alvaro Fernandez. A long VAR check was given but Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock only played Foden. Even if Guardiola's superstars don't have it easy, they find a way to win. Brentford refused to shrink Violet and Ivan Toney almost went too far having a ding-dong with City midfielder Fernandinho who started things by stepping on Tony's foot. With Fernandinho on the ground, Toney couldn't resist getting a bite back when he definitely stepped on the City midfielder's leg and there could have been a red card another night. VAR checked it, but it was not considered a dismissal. De Bruyne shot a shot against the post in the second half and while City didn't finish the game it meant they still had to face Brentford's pressure.

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Man City Cap Record 2021 with another win

Man City's win over Brentford crowned a record for 2021: 36 Premier League wins, 110 points, 113 goals. Your dominance knows no bounds. (Author: Gardener)

2021LONDON - Even if Manchester City doesn't reach the heights we've come to expect from Pep Guardiola's team, they are still basking on the sunny side of the street. The Premier League champions scored a 1-0 win in Brentford on Wednesday but ended the day after expanding their lead at the top of the table and setting the seal in a record-breaking calendar year. Liverpool's loss at Leicester City on Tuesday had given Man City an unexpected boost even before their first first division visit to Brentford since 1937, but Danny Welbeck's injury equalization for Brighton & Hove Albion against Chelsea - while that game was still in play - enabled Guardiola's side to make it to the to have eight points ahead of the top of the table in the last game of 2021. If Chelsea and Liverpool clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, City could be 11 and 12 points clear of their closest - or perhaps least distant - challengers if they start with a New Years win at Arsenal in 2022. We were 4-0 [up] against Leicester and in 20 minutes it was 4-3, "said Guardiola after the game, downplaying the importance of his team's rapidly growing lead over their title rivals." Thanks for the nice words, because we win, but I don't think it's done yet, because Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional. But there are still 54 points to play. But there are still 54 points to play. Even though Man City was clearly average in Brentford and only won through Phil Foden's goal in the 16th minute, it is currently impossible to bet against Guardiola's player. Outstanding or indifferent, the bottom line is usually the same for a team now on their way to fourth Premier League title in five seasons. It's a team that has played without a classic center-forward for most of the year as Sergio Agüero's fitness problems prior to his summer departure to Barcelona and failure to sign Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo forced Guardiola to face a host of bogus Playing nines - £ 100m winger Jack Grealish switched responsibilities with Foden against Brentford - during this season. Imagine how much further you would be now with Kane, Ronaldo or Erling Haaland at the top of the team to take advantage of all the opportunities Man City creates. While they may not have a definitive number 9, City have surpassed all of their rivals this season by scoring 51 goals in 20 games - one more than Liverpool in 19 league games. But while they are standing a commanding eight-point lead at the end of the season, it's Man City's January-December performance and stats that really underscore the reality of their dominance in English football. After starting 2021 with a 3-1 win at Chelsea, City has won 36 of the 44 Premier League games in the league's twelve months, scoring 113 goals. Their record of 110 points in 2021 is a staggering 27 more than Chelsea and 33 more than Liverpool. City have played three league games more than Liverpool and two more than Chelsea, but even when you factor in the impact COVID-19 has on the games, their dominance is evident to all. And in terms of goals, they've scored 32 more than a stellar Liverpool team, including Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and 43 more than Champions League winners Chelsea. Man City have also set a new record of top division wins (36) in a calendar year that dwarfed Liverpool's number of 33 in 1982. The Brentford win was the league's 19th away win, which is another record - two more than Tottenham Hotspur in 1960. Brentford did its best to give City a frustrating end of 2021 with their first Premier League submission Belgian midfielder of the season. The home side dug deeply and limited City to just four shots on goal during the 90 minutes, but Guardiola never looked anything other than comfortable. They haven't caused Brentford the kind of defeat others have suffered this season, but City has always been in control. The same applies to the title race: eight points ahead and rolling out.

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