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Mata adamant it is too early to tip City as Premier League winners


Even though the Citizens have been almost perfect in England since the start of the season, the Spaniard believes there is still a long way to go.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata thinks it is way too early for any team to be thinking about the Premier League title.

The Citizens have a record of 14 wins and 1 draw in their 15 Premier League fixtures so far, creating an eight-point lead over second-placed Manchester United. The Manchester clubs will meet at Old Trafford on Sunday and Mata believes this is a huge opportunity for Mourinho’s men to disrupt City’s rhythm and cut down the difference between the two sides.

“They’re doing good and winning a lot of games,” Mata said of City as quoted by Mirror. “They’re scoring nice goals, but I think we’re doing our bit as well. We’ll try to show on Sunday that we can play very good football and we can win the three points.

“It’s a very special game, we all know that, especially because of the position we both are in the table.

“We play against City at Old Trafford and it’s one of those games that everyone wants to play, one of those really special games the Premier League has.”

The Spaniard also noted that City’s incredible record of 43 points out of possible 45 does not necessarily mean that Guardiola’s men are unbeatable and impossible to catch up with.

“It’s difficult for everyone to win every single game, so we’re waiting for that,” the Spaniard said.

“It’s very difficult, especially in the Premier League. When you play Watford, Stoke, West Ham away or whatever, it’s very difficult to win every single game and we need to be ready if they drop points.

“I remember a few seasons ago (in 2011-12) when United were ahead of City by eight points and then City won on goal difference.

“It’s a crazy league and it’s too early to think that it’s finished — from City, they will tell you the same.”