One late summer day a few years back, my father and his friend Tom were at the driving range. My father was working on his 7-iron swing. He hit one really well and said to Tom, "I think that shot was perfect."
A few swings later my father caught another one flush and said, "That one was even better." And Tom, without missing a beat, turned to my father and said, "Better than perfect?"
Manchester City are not a perfect football club. But it is getting harder and harder to find the flaws in the diamond these days.
"City's record since their last defeat—that now traditional 1-0 reverse at Sunderland—is now played 17, won 15 and drawn two across all competitions. And scored 57," wrote David Mooney recently for ESPNFC.com.
It is probably for this reason that the transfer rumours that generally pop up around City are noticeably subdued. As they are playing right now, how much can manager Manuel Pellegrini really do in the transfer window to make City better?
Still, there are a few noteworthy stories to tell.