Whereas much of the Citizens winning run has been down to their scintillating attacking play, this victory was built on hard-work and commitment.
Raheem Sterling headed home from Riyad Mahrez’s inch-perfect cross to give Pep Guardiola’s men a dream start inside two minutes. It was an untypical but brilliant Sterling goal and provided City just reward for a lightning-quick opening.
It looked as though it would spark a flurry of City goals, but it turned out to be the winner, with the visitors play thereafter rarely hitting the heights of recent weeks.
The numbers tell a clear story: City are in fabulous form.
It’s now 25 matches unbeaten, with the Citizens’ last defeat coming in late November away at Tottenham.
Since then, they have won 22 and drawn 3, scoring 59 and conceding just seven.
But perhaps the clearest indicator of City’s dominance is this: during that run, City have only been behind once, and that was to League Two side Cheltenham in the FA Cup.