Manchester City on its game

Manchester City's Samir Nasri scores against Viktoria Plzen during their Champions League match at...

Manchester City's Samir Nasri scores against Viktoria Plzen during their Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Nov. 27, 2013. (NIGEL RODDIS/Reuters)

Daniel Austin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

It isn’t easy to have sympathy for Manchester City.

In fact, it’s so easy to vilify the team, most people don’t even bother thinking twice about their richly-assembled group of international stars.

Poor Edin Dzeko, sitting on the bench collecting almost US$12-million a year in salary. It must be tough for Samir Nasri to spend the $13.6-million he was paid to score a grand total of two goals last season.

Of course, this isn’t fair — although no one around these parts is going to begrudge anyone for arbitrarily despising a bunch of rival players — and anyone who watched City’s absolute annihilation of Tottenham on Sunday now knows that when this team is at its best, it’s as good as anyone, anywhere.

In fact, when City’s on its game, it looks like the best team in England. So far this season, City has hammered Manchester United 4-1 at home, obliterated Tottenham 6-0 and beat Norwich by an even more humiliating 7-0 scoreline.


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