It’s becoming a trend among players in the game this season to say the 2017/18 Manchester City side are one of if not the best team they have ever faced.
The latest to follow this trend is West Ham captain Mark Noble, who saw first-hand on Sunday just how good Pep Guardiola’s men are as they swept aside the Hammers at the London Stadium with an emphatic 4-1 win.
Noble, 30, has been playing Premier League football since the 2005/06 season and has seen some good teams, but he has named City as the best of the lot.
“In all the years I’ve been playing in this league, they’re the best team I’ve played against, for sure,” he told the official West Ham site. “There is no point in coming out and saying ‘We could have done this’ or ‘We could have done that’ because we got beat by a much better team.
“We had a go in the first half in the last 20 minutes, Cressy scored a really good free-kick and I haven’t seen Marko Arnautovic’s ‘goal’ so I don’t know if it’s a foul on their ‘keeper but, to be honest, they were way too good.
“Congratulations to City, their players, their staff and their manager because they are champions and they are by far the best team in this league.”
The champions continue their record-chasing on Sunday against Huddersfield at the Etihad, a day on which Vincent Kompany will finally lift the Premier League trophy.
Manchester City are the 2017/18 Premier League Champions!
Celebrate by picking up some official merchandise from the Champions range!