A dream duo with a tactical tweak in defense and Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliance results to the noisy Manchester City silently creeping into pole position in the title race.

Manchester City has been quietly efficient of late that it has been easy to miss them coming up on the rails in a fascinating title race. City are unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions since losing to Spurs in 21st November, winning 12 in total and eight in a row while conceding three goals.

Another win to Villa on Wednesday night would see them go top of the table possibly, only for a few hours before Manchester United face Fulham the same day.

Just like United, City had a more difficult start than most after playing in Europe in August and kicking off the new season a week later without the benefit of a pre-season. Injuries and international breaks further disrupted early momentum. This was however reflected in results and performances.

Guardiola tried to ease the problem by tweaking his tactics. He asked players to stay in position rather than wasting energy on the pressing game they are used to. And, City has managed to sit back more without losing any of their attacking verve.

It seems City is much comfortable with the new approach. As it is, they are starting to hit their stride. Meanwhile, their defense, brilliant talented Kevin De Bruyne, goal standard, the fabulous Phil Foden and friendly fixtures have all steered to the good results and performances at City.