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Can anyone stop ruthless Manchester City from title defence? Join the conversation

We all knew they were favourites to defend their title but after watching Manchester City dismantle West Ham United 5-0 away from home in their Premier League opener, the season seems like a movie with an inevitable conclusion.

Liverpool fans were joyous after a 4-1 win over new boys Norwich City. The reigning champions responded against a squad that finished in the top ten last season and after several acquisitions during the transfer window tipped to contest for a place in Europe.

Pep Guardiola’s men were ruthless and relentless in their dominating performance. To illustrate their depth, one of the all-time highest goal scorers in Premier League history Sergio Aguero started the game on the bench.

Leroy Sane has been ruled out for six months, no problem. In came Mahrez who was excellent in an outing that did not require the services of last seasons player of the year Bernardo Silva who was left out to enjoy his birthday.

Manchester City are a cut above everyone else, and have shown that from the beginning. Can anyone stop them? Join the conversation

For now, I don’t think any team in the League can stand toe to toe with them. Perhaps Liverpool can but the squad in depth of Man City can’t be compared to that of Liverpool or other teams

Man City won’t have a roller coaster ride to the title. They will have to sweat even more for it than they did last season. But they still have the quality to retain the title.