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Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City, Premier League: 3 Things We Learned

Three takeaways from a great performance in South Wales

Swansea City v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

1. City can be slow to get going but are deadly once in full flight

Perhaps it was a hangover from the win at Old Trafford, but City started the game against Swanseaa bit sluggishly. The final pass wasn’t quite there and they were gifting away possession too easily but that all changed after their first goal. The Silva to Silva connection sparked the Blues into life and the gears clicked into motion. Soon the league leaders were back to their devastating best.

After that, there was no looking back as the Blues continued to convert their dominance into goals. Quick movement, pinpoint passing and clinical finishing combined to give Manchester City a perfect 4-0 scoreline.

2. In a long list of great Spanish midfielders, David Silva can count himself among the best

El Mago continued his fine form against Swansea City and registered his fourth goal in as many games. The scoring ability Silva has added to his game in recent years has morphed him into the perfect blend of central midfielder and second striker. He knows when to make a run into the box but he also knows when to hang back and make plays from deep.

In an era of Spanish midfield superstars and a City team brimming with talent, David Silva is rightly regarded as one of the very best.

3. Ederson has the temperament needed for a top level goalkeeper

One of the most difficult aspects of being a goalkeeper at a top club is maintaining your concentration. The reality is you will face a lot fewer shots than a keeper at a worse club but you have to be just as ready for them. Against Swansea, Ederson once again showed he has the right mentality to play for City, twice being called into action to make great reflex saves after long periods of doing nothing.

The second save was an incredible reorganising of body weight as a deflection sent the ball spinning in the opposite direction that Ederson was initially diving in. The Brazilian shifted his weight back across and got two firm palms on it to push the ball away. The speed of his movement denied Swansea a goal and ensured City left South Wales with their clean sheet intact.