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The evolving Manchester City

A more offensive-minded approach has paid early-season dividends for Man City

Updated: August 26, 2011, 1:18 PM ET
By Albert Larcada | ESPN Insider
David SilvaMichael Regan/Getty ImagesDavid Silva has been the leader behind Manchester City's offensive growth.

Coming off its first-ever top-three finish in the Premier League, Manchester City has started the 2011-12 campaign on fire.

After two matches it has been the most impressive squad in the league, dominating Swansea at home and thoroughly outplaying Bolton on the road a week later.

City's fast start has been in large part because of its new offensive-minded approach. It has scored a league-high seven goals, with no one player scoring more than two.

Taking a deeper look into its offense, we see that City has become more of an efficient, quick-strike attack. Here are some quick facts:


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Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.