A 2-1 victory at Burnley yesterday meant that Manchester City went to the top of the Premier League, albeit just for a few hours.

Sergio Aguero’s brace after Dean Marney’s opener for the Clarets secured Pep Guardola his ninth league win of the season, and moved City to 30 points from their opening 13 games.

They did reach the summit on Saturday afternoon, but were soon back down to third following Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, and Chelsea’s comeback success over the previously-unbeaten Tottenham.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Nonetheless, the gap between the top three teams is just one point, and Guardiola will be satisfied that, although his side didn’t play particularly well, they still got the three points at Turf Moor.

City host Chelsea next week in what will be a serious test of both sides’ title credentials, as Guardiola looks to end the Blues’ seven-match winning run in the top-flight.

However, with City already through to the last 16 of the Champions League, they will be fighting in three competitions come the New Year, and that might call for more additions to the squad so they are competitive on all fronts.

Guardiola has chopped and changed his formation often this season, but his 4-1-4-1 seems to be particularly effective. One key area in that system is the centre of midfield, where many games are won and lost, so here is the dream City midfield, including one key January target…

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