If it feels like Manchester City are scoring goals at a record-setting pace this season, well, it's because the Citizens are doing just that.
With a 14th-minute goal against Cardiff City, Manchester City became the fastest team to ever reach 100 goals in Premier League history.
The Premier League on Twitter recaps the goal, scored by Edin Dzeko:
GOAL Man City 1-0 Cardiff (14 mins) Edin Dzeko's scuffed finish crosses the line from David Silva's cutback #MCICAR— Premier League (@premierleague) January 18, 2014
And OptaJoe breaks down the historical feat:
34 - Manchester City have hit 100 goals in all comps nine games faster than any other side in a single season in the PL era. Juggernaut.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 18, 2014
Jesus Navas would make it 101 goals in the 33rd minute.
City have been paced by new man Alvaro Negredo's 21 goals, while Sergio Aguero comes in just behind him with 20 (and would surely have more had he not gotten hurt amidst a torrid scoring streak). Dzeko is up next with 16 tallies, while Yaya Toure is on pace to reach 20 goals, as he currently has 13 on the season.
Of course, a great goal is often only possible due to some excellent build-up play, and City have racked up the assists as well.
Navas leads the club in that regard with 11, followed by Samir Nasri, James Milner and Silva rounding out the "sharing is caring" club with seven assists apiece.
This seems to be the year of record scoring paces in the Premier League. You need look no further than Luis Suarez of Liverpool to find an individual on pace to break the league's scoring mark, as Nassos Stylianou of The Telegraph notes:
Suarez's goals have come at a rate of 1.37 per game so far and, assuming he stays fit and out of trouble, then he should comfortably beat the 31-goal record for a 38-game season held jointly by Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) and Alan Shearer (1995/96).
And to think, Suarez missed the early portion of the season to suspension. He currently has 22 goals in 16 Premier League appearances, an insane rate of production.
Still, City's performance from a goal-scoring perspective in all competitions is truly impressive. The fact that they have a nine-game cushion to reach the all-time goal-scoring mark is quite the feat, indeed.
If they can add a few trophies along the way, it will be quite the legendary campaign from the Citizens.