Pep Guardiola's Manchester City is being widely hailed as one of the best sides in English Premier League history after the team set a stunning new record of 15 straight wins.

In its 25-year history Cheap Asics Kids Shoes , the EPL has boasted a series of outstanding sides, including Manchester United's treble-winners, Arsenal's "Invincibles" and Jose Mourinho's powerful Chelsea side in his first stint at the club.

But Guardiola's team — even though it has not won any silverware yet — is smashing record after record as it sprints towards the EPL title, leaving allcomers a distant speck in its rear-view mirror.

Wednesday's 4-0 win at Swansea City took the team clear of Arsenal's 14 consecutive victories under Arsene Wenger between February and August 2002.

Their 49 points from 17 games is the best-ever start to an English top-flight campaign, bettering the record of Tottenham Hotspur's great double-winning side of 1960-61 — when a win was worth just two points.

BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce believes the current City side is at the top of the tree.

"There have been great teams in the modern era but Cheap Asics Womens Shoes , in terms of fluent football and as an irresistible force, Manchester City are the best the Premier League has ever seen," he said.

"I've never seen a team in all my years play like this."

When asked whether City is one of the best sides we have ever seen, former England captain and TV pundit Alan Shearer agreed.

"I don't think there is any doubt about that, and top players in that team Cheap Asics Mens Shoes , with hunger and desire to put in a performance week in, week out," he said. "It has to be admired."

Chastened Swansea manager Paul Clement described the pain of watching his side try to compete with Guardiola's free-flowing team.

"At times it was horrible to be on the sideline watching that, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods," he said.

"They're not the games that will decide our season but it was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me Cheap Asics Shoes , one of the best sides I've ever come across. So many good athletes, so many intelligent footballers and it's really hard to pin them down."

Guardiola, who managed a Barcelona side widely regarded as one of the finest club sides in history, is aware of his team's place in the English game.

"In history there were amazing things like Liverpool in the 80s and Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson or Chelsea with Jose Mourinho," he said. "There were some amazing teams.

"But we are the first ones to win 15 in a row. If we win the title it will just be a record and this record will be broken Asics Gel Kayano Shoes , but of course it will not be easy."

In other EFL matches on Wednesday, it was: Manchester United 1, Bournemouth 0; Tottenham 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0; Newcastle United 0, Everton 1; Southampton 1 Asics Gel Nimbus Shoes , Leicester City 4; Liverpool 0, West Bromwich Albion 0; and West Ham United 0, Arsenal 0.

Fabio Cannavaro Photo: CFP

Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro was being hotly tipped Monday to replace his former national coach Marcello Lippi as boss of Guangzhou Evergrande after the 66-year-old announced he was stepping aside.

Lippi announced his move after -Guangzhou clinched their fourth successive -Chinese Super League title on the final day of the season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Shandong Luneng.

"It is my last match as a head coach for the club," said Lippi, who led the club to Asian Champions League glory in 2013. "I will be 67 years old in the near future Asics Kids Shoes , and I do not want to be the head coach any more."

Lippi will become the team's chief technical officer, Xinhua said, possibly the last stop in an incredible career in which he won five Italian Serie A titles, a European Champions League title and the World Cup with the Italian national team in 2006.

Cannavaro, his talismanic captain during the Azzurris' fourth World Cup victory Asics Womens Shoes , will be unveiled as Guangzhou's new coach next week, according to Chinese media -reports.

Meanwhile, a report on usportnews said Liu Zhuo, vice-president of -Evergrande Real Estate Group, which owns the soccer club and is one of the country's largest property developers Asics Mens Shoes , had confirmed Cannavaro's -appointment.

The former center back is currently -being investigated by authorities in his home city of Naples on suspicion of illegally sidestepping 1 million euros ($1.27 million) in tax.

The 41-year-old had a glittering career at Parma, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real -Madrid and won the World Player of the Year award in 2006.

He is currently on the coaching staff at Al-Ahli in the UAE.

Guangzhou lost four games over the 30-game season, three more than last year.

The club, widely regarded as Asia's -richest Asics Shoes , has former Italian internationals Alessandro Diamanti and Alberto Gilardino on its books.

It also has a large proportion of the Chinese national team and Brazilian star Elkeson, who scored 28 goals in 28 league games during the campaign.

Lippi is one of the world's highest-paid managers, earning an estimated $11 million in the 2012-13 season, France Football magazine said.






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