Over the previous month, ten Manchester City players have been named among the top 25 players in each of the major European leagues. Pep Guardiola's side had a perfect November, winning five of their five games in all competitions, including Champions League victories over Club Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain to finish first in their group with a game to spare, as well as a derby thrashing of Manchester United with a 2-0 scoreline that flattered the Reds. They've now beaten Aston Villa and Watford to add to their tally.
The manager of Manchester City has remarked about his players' form in November, and numerous players have been named among the finest on the continent. Every match in the top divisions of England, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy is rated by CIES Football Observatory, which compiles their rankings throughout time. According to their latest study, City defenders Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker were the best of all players in those leagues during the previous month, with Ruben Dias coming in third and Bernardo Silva coming in fifth. Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Joao Cancelo, Raheem Sterling, and John Stones are all among the top 21 players in the Premier League.
While City has progressed through the gears in the previous five weeks, their start provided a good foundation on which to construct a Premier League championship push. The Football Observatory ranks Rodri first among the best players during the last three months, with Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, and Aymeric Laporte rounding out the top 10.
Laporte, Bernardo, Cancelo, and Rodri are among the players Guardiola has left at home for Tuesday's Champions League dead rubber against RB Leipzig. In the FA Cup third round, Manchester City will face Swindon Town. The draw took place on Monday night, with Pep Guardiola's team receiving a favorable away draw against a League Two club. The previous time the two teams played in the FA Cup was in the third round in 2002, when City won 2-0 due to goals from Paulo Wanchope and Kevin Horlock. The last time City won the competition was in 2019, when they defeated Watford 6-0 in the final.
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