- Swansea City 0 Manchester City 4: David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero got the goals as brilliant City made history at the Liberty Stadium
Manchester City passed another test of their Premier League title-winning credentials as they brushed aside Swansea City in a record-breaking victory at the Liberty Stadium.
After seeing off Manchester United on Sunday in their biggest game of the season to date to move 11 points clear at the top, there was barely a hint of a hangover from the Old Trafford victory or the controversial celebrations that followed.
And four unanswered goals saw them set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins.
While a comfortable success in South Wales is unlikely to spark the same level of jubilation that upset Jose Mourinho and sparked angry scenes in the United tunnel, it did display a ruthlessness that will make Pep Guardiola’s men almost impossible to catch.
They rarely hit top gear at the Liberty Stadium yet still they scored four times with David Silva leading the way with two, both of which were sublime in their own way.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also found the net as Guardiola’s men combined efficiency with dashes of pure quality.
After a couple of careless early passes gave Swansea some encouragement, City found their feet on six minutes through the recalled Sergio Aguero.
He tricked his way past two challenges and forced himself into a shooting position, from where he blasted into the side-netting.
And a minute later Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn was called upon to make an important tackle to cut out a jinking run by Raheem Sterling.
And it was three chances in as many minutes for the visitors when a corner was cleared as far as Fernandinho, whose effort from the edge of the penalty area was saved well by home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.
Yet there was a threat from the home side on the break, as demonstrated by Jordan Ayew when he cut in from the left and connected with a shot that drew a smart, low save from Ederson in the Manchester City goal.
Kevin De Bruyne was the next man with a sight of goal but his effort for the away side was blasted over the crossbar from a difficult angle.
And moments later Aguero headed over from a David Silva cross as the openings kept coming.
Then a free-kick by De Bruyne bounced around the penalty area and struck a frustrated Nicolas Otamendi on its way for a corner.
Aguero headed onto the roof of the net from a De Bruyne cross before Otamendi blasted high and wide following a Fabianski fumble.
But the visitors’ increasing dominance was rewarded with the opening goal on 27 minutes courtesy of some poor defending a fine finish.
Both Van der Hoorn and Kyle Naughton failed to spot the run of David Silva, who darted between the pair to meet a Bernardo Silva cross with a nonchalant, close-range, first-time finish with the outside of his left foot.
Eleven minutes before half-time it was 2-0 when Naughton conceded a free-kick to the right of the Swansea 18-yard box and De Bruyne’s free-kick somehow found its was past a host of players and 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, however, as his sublime goal took the game out of Swansea’s reach.
His subtle pass into Sterling started the move and his clever run allowed him to collect the return pass and beat the advancing Fabianski with a sublime chip.
Eliaquim 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 effort wide.
And City then pieced together an effortless string of unbroken passes which ended with Aguero firing fractionally wide.
There was a momentary worry for the visitors when Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa’s shot from the edge of the box took a big deflection towards goal, but Ederson responded well to claw it away.
With five minutes remaining Aguero wrapped up the scoring as he drifted easily past two Swansea defenders and found the bottom corner.
And when Swansea did threaten in the dying moments Otamendi was on hand to block an effort from Leroy Fer then hook the rebound away from goal.
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