By Richard Parks
Tony Cascarino has claimed that Manchester City are turning into Celtic in the way in which they are becoming head and shoulders above all other teams in their division.
The Sky Sports pundit and former striker paid tribute to City’s dominance in his Times column today as he explained how other sides are virtually between by Pep Guardiola’s team before the match starts.
City’s 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday lifted them 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League and they will win the title at the earliest-ever point in the season if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend.
By contrast, Celtic are 12 points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit as they close in on a seventh consecutive crown.
“Manchester City could turn the Premier League into the Scottish Premiership in the coming years,” Cascarino told the Times. “They are so far ahead of their rivals I wouldn’t be surprised to see them dominate like Celtic have, and win consecutive titles.
“People talk about Manchester United and Liverpool improving but City are only going to get better. They have the richest owners, the best manager, star players who — apart from David Silva — have years left at the top.
“They are making a mockery of the idea that we have the most competitive league. We have in the past but not now. Whether it’s title challengers such as United or Chelsea or other clubs like Everton, Newcastle and Huddersfield, time and again opponents are treating City in the same scared way.
“It’s damage limitation and as brilliant as City play it’s worrying to see — they had nearly 90 per cent possession for periods on Saturday. Other teams may as well forfeit the game. Let us hope Liverpool give them a game in the Champions League.”
Football Insider verdict:
Given the chasm between Man City and the rest of the Premier League teams this season, Cascarino has a fair point. And the Celtic comparison is a fair one. Like City in England, the Hoops have the greatest financial resources, the best manager and most of the best players in the league. Rangers have hinted they can start to close the gap after smart recruitment in January, but it needs the Light Blues to win a title and get back into the Champions League to truly stop the Celtic juggernaut.