David Moyes told talkSPORT he believes a team of the Premier League’s best players would struggle to beat Manchester City.
City have accumulated a combined 198 points from the past two seasons alone, more than Bournemouth have ever accrued in their entire top flight history.
The former Manchester United boss insists Pep Guardiola’s side, who have won the title for the past two seasons, don’t have a single weakness.
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I was trying to think the other day if you could make a Premier League team up from all the teams that could topple Man City to win the league, and I think it would be very tough [to beat City].
“Even if you had a team that included all the top players in it.”
It comes after Jose Mourinho claimed the Man City ‘B team’ would be able to compete for the Premier League title, a statement talkSPORT.com was able to corroborate with statistics.
The champions got their title defence off to a perfect start with a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
But Moyes’ claim got us thinking about how a hypothetical clash between City’s team from the weekend would fare against the best Premier League XI.
In order to achieve as fair a result as possible, we have decided to remove any subjective bias from the equation and use statistics compiled by WhoScored.com to generate our fictitious starting XI made up of players from the remaining 19 teams in the Premier League.
We would take the highest rated players from the 2018/19 season and put them into our team, before calculating an average rating for that side.
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Then, we would look at City’s starting XI from the London Stadium, take each individual’s rating, before forming an average based on that.
Once we have completed this, we should be able to generate some sort of conclusion as to how City would compare to the best of the rest.
Of course, it is not a definitive answer given Guardiola chose to rest a number of key players in the East End, but the performance levels from each player were still exceptional.
Scroll down to see how the best of the Premier League compares to the current Manchester City side.
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Manchester City XI
Below, you can see the WhoScored.com rating of every player who started for Manchester City this weekend.
MANCHESTER CITY RATINGS
Here’s how the Citizens fared against West Ham (ratings out of 10)
- Ederson (GK) – 7.7
- Kyle Walker (RB) – 7.7
- John Stones (CB) – 7.5
- Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 7.9
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7.5
- Rodri (CDM) – 7.8
- Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 8.7
- David Silva (CM) – 6.9
- Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 9.8
- Raheem Sterling (LW) – 9.6
- Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 7.8
And this how Pep Guardiola lined his side up for the clash.
Starting XI WhoScored.com average – 8.08
Premier League Best XI
Using data from the 2018/19 season, these are technically the best players for each position in the Premier League.
PREMIER LEAGUE XI
Here are the best players from last season, according to stats…
- Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 7.02
- Trent Alexander Arnold (RB) – 7.4
- Fabian Schar (CB) – 7.3
- Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 7.4
- Lucas Digne (LB) – 7.4
- Paul Pogba (CM) – 7.3
- Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 7.21
- Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7.6
- Felipe Anderson (CAM) – 7.23
- Sadio Mane (LW) – 7.4
- Harry Kane (ST) – 7.4
And this is how that team might look.
Starting XI WhoScored.com average – 7.33
As we can see, the results suggest Manchester City’s strongest team would prove to be a challenge for even the best of the Premier League.
However, this does not mean we can take David Moyes’ statement as fact as there are a number of factors to take into account.
Moyes’ statement was based on one game, meaning this is the set of data we used. But to gain a more reliable set of results, we could have used an average for each Manchester City player from the past year.
Also, this City side train and play with one and another on a daily basis and have developed an acute understanding of a particular system. That being said, it would be extremely difficult to rule out a third successive Premier League title based on the unerring consistency the champions have become synonymous for.
Quite simply, we may well be looking at the greatest Premier League side in history.