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Published: 18:08 | 22/4/18

Carvalhal: Man City "are from another planet"

Manchester City looked every bit the best side in the Premier League as they hammered Swansea 5-0 in their clash at the Etihad Stadium, with Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal describing City as being "from another planet in this competition".

Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all contributed to one of City's most impressive displays of the season, with De Bruyne's goal - a stunning hammer-strike from 25 yards - the pick of the bunch.

The win moves City to 90 points with 98 goals, and having now claimed wins by five goals or more, five times in the league this season: the rest of the division together have only managed the same feat four times.

Pep Guardiola's side are seven points away from equalling the record of most points picked up in a Premier League season, with 12 left to play for, and Carvalhal was unequivocal in his praise for the Spaniard's side. Swansea remain 17th in the league table, but with four games left to play they're looking a good bet to stay in the division, with a four-point gap below them to Southampton and the relegation zone.

"This is the 14th time this season that Manchester City have won by more than three goals, sometimes by four, five, six or seven so they are from another planet in this competition," said Carvalhal post-match.

"We tried to play honest, but for the first two goals they discovered places where other teams would find difficulties, the third goal is amazing from Kevin de Bruyne. I think we had three or four situations where we could have achieved a goal.

"We blocked very well with the lines, but the first and second goals they discover different places with the individual quality of the players they have. I wasn't happy after half an hour, but after 30 mins we started to play a little more.

"In general it was a very difficult game like we expected. We knew it would be difficult to achieve points; if we got one it would be a big bonus, because nobody achieves points here, except Manchester United.

"We have four games left to play, some teams have just three so everything is in our hands to stay up."

Swansea face Chelsea in the Premier League at Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 28 April, live on BT Sport 1 [kick off 5.30pm].

For Guardiola, the focus now is "records" as he looks to push this City team's credentials as one of the best the Premier League has ever seen.

"The important thing is the performance, we played at a quite similar level this season. Swansea have lost just three games with Carlos as manager. It's not easy against them, we attacked really well," said Guardiola.

"It's never unfinished business in football, you have to keep improving. Looking for records helps to keep the players focused. The league is won, now it's the records. The numbers keep the players focused."

City opened the scoring 12 minutes in when De Bruyne picked out Sterling with a ball over the top, with the England international pulling back for Silva to take a touch and slam home past Lukasz Fabianski.

Four minutes later they doubled that lead. Fabian Delph played a one-two with Silva, before squaring for Sterling to finish from close range.

The home faithful had to wait until almost an hour had been played to celebrate their third, but what a strike it was. De Bruyne picked up possession 25 yards out, before rifling a simply unstoppable effort from right to left, past Fabianksi, and into the corner of the net.

Then shortly after the hour, the fourth came for City. Sterling was taken down in the box by Federico Fernandez, with referee Craig Pawson correctly awarding the spot kick. Jesus' penalty was stopped by Fabianksi, but the rebound fell kindly for Bernardo Silva to slot home.

However, City weren't done as they went on to notch a fifth with two minutes left of normal time. Yaya Toure was the provider as he clipped a ball into the box, with Jesus beating the offside trap to get under the ball and loop a header past Fabianski into the left side of the goal.

By Russell Stoddart

Swansea face Chelsea in the Premier League at Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 28 April, live on BT Sport 1 [kick off 5.30pm].

Image: Getty/ Laurence Griffiths

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