"Inconsistency" is without a question the word that describes Manchester City this season. The team won 10 games in a row to start the campaign, but entered a crazy roller coaster with good and bad results, fantastic and desperate performances, and an overall feeling of just not knowing what will happen when City play.
But for the last few weeks, the mood is slowly changing. After a tremendous game against Tottenham Hotspur, it became clear that City could produce very impressive performances against the best teams in the Premier League, and if they could recreate that dominance against the lower sides, things would be pretty good from now on.
And that's what's happened. Since that Spurs draw, City have won three matches in a row in all competitions, looking very good in all of them, and apart from a poor second half against Swansea City, a game City still deserved to win, we have seen much more consistent collective performances from the Sky Blues.
There are a few factors that contribute to City's recent success: the rise of Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané, Yaya Touré establishing himself as a defensive midfielder, and the improved health of the squad. Many players are fit, and Pep Guardiola is enjoying the chance to work with a fully fit team that does very well in training.
“Everyone is fit, they are training amazing", Guardiola said. I am so happy to be here with these players. The only regret is I have players in the stand who cannot play."
Pep confirmed that he has seen better performances from his players, and the way they're playing is exactly what he expected from them since the beginning:
“When I see the first half against Swansea it is what I want. We monopolised the ball - we did not create too many chances because it is so difficult.
"Since Tottenham at home, West Ham and Crystal Palace, I think we are more stable, we control more."
This could be a crucial point of the season for City's evolution. As the team gets a lot better, the Champions League is right around the corner, the Premier League title race heats up, and Pep Ball has proved to be effective in England against the best teams.
If the squad stays healthy and continues to evolve into a Pep Team, look out.