Shearer declares Man City Premier League champions-elect

Newcastle United great, Alan Shearer, has declared Manchester City champions-elect.

Shearer wrote for BBC Sport: “The only thing that can stop Manchester City winning the Premier League now is themselves – if they collapse for any reason. The problem for their rivals is that it does not look like that will happen.

“Sunday’s emphatic 4-1 victory over defending champions Liverpool at Anfield was City’s 10th in a row in the league and I just don’t see another team capable of putting together a winning run like that to challenge them.

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“On this evidence, City are not going to crack either, whatever is thrown at them.

“Pep Guardiola’s side are still in all four major competitions so their busy schedule in an already hugely demanding campaign is not going to ease up, but they have a strong squad that has been playing twice a week all season so it is nothing new to them.

“We also don’t know what could happen in terms of injuries to City’s key players but they have already coped without Kevin de Bruyne for the past five games and have been without Sergio Aguero for most of the season – his last league start was in October. “

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