Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes that the club are playing a “special” brand of football.
Pep Guardiola’s side are five points clear of neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League table and are scoring at an average of 3.5 goals per game.
That blistering form has led to suggestions that they are the best team on the planet, and their 27-year-old midfielder certainly appears to believe that there is a whole lot to be optimistic about.
“The way we play, the way we dominate opponents, it feels special and feels like it could be a very special season,” he told The Sun.
Gundogan knows from his time at Borussia Dortmund how tough it is to come up against a Guardiola side in full flight.
Guardiola spent thee years in Germany, during which his Bayern Munich team dominated, yet his current charge believes the Catalan coach has not simply lifted the blueprint from the Allianz Arena and moved it to England.
“The domination is like Bayern, yes, but it’s a different kind of game,” he explained. “The way we build up, with the quick short passes, feels a bit different from Bayern for me, or Real Madrid.
“Maybe the most similar team would be Barcelona at their best with Pep.”
He is aware, however, that City have not achieved anything yet, for all their fine form at the beginning of the season, and if they are to be remembered in the same bracket as that Barca side they will need to show tangible success in the form of titles.
“I wouldn’t say we are at their best yet but they were one of the best because of the way they dominated teams - and we are doing so now. I’m not sure if we are there yet. We still need to prove that in every game, every competition. We need to prove that with trophies,” he added.