Manchester City football rolled on to the brink of new glories in south London. From Wembley to the Parc des Princes to Selhurst Park, they are sweeping all before them as their season heads towards a rousing finale.
This victory against Crystal Palace means they may not have to kick another ball to clinch their third Premier League title in four years.
If Manchester United lose to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, City will have won the championship with four games to spare and nobody will say they did not deserve it.
In this strange season, distorted by Covid-19 and its tragedies and its testing, the wonder of some of City’s football has provided at least some relief amid all the suffering and the worry.
They have been the class of the field, just as Liverpool were last season, and whether their title win is confirmed on Sunday or next weekend, it has reconfirmed them as the best team of this era after the interregnum of Jurgen Klopp and his side. ‘City never stop,’ Klopp said on Friday. ‘That is clear. They did not stop and they will not stop.
They started slowly against Palace just as they had against PSG in Paris on Wednesday night but just as they rallied to overwhelm Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria and the rest, so they moved into another gear after half time against Roy Hodgson’s team. They exploded into action and Palace simply could not cope. It was why Hodgson had said before the game that he was approaching the clash with ‘extreme trepidation