Manchester City are looking very much like Premier League title contenders after a rocky start to the season. They've followed up last week's 6-0 demolition of Tottenham with a performance nearly as impressive, easily defeating Swansea, 3-0.
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Swansea came into the game without some of their best attacking talent. Wilfried Bony and Michu both missed out with injuries, along with right back Angel Rangel. Leon Britton was rested, along with a handful of other players that participated in Europa League on Thursday.
The Swans will have counted on keeping a clean sheet for a bit and frustrating City into opening up a bit, but their plans were undone after just eight minutes. Jose Cañas hacked down Alvaro Negredo outside the penalty box, leading to the City striker curling a gorgeous free kick around the wall to beat Gerhard Tremmel at the back post for his sixth goal of the season.
Martin Demichelis nearly doubled City's lead off a corner in the 30th minute, but hit the crossbar with a headed shot. That was the home side's next best chance of the first half, but they looked comfortable heading into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead.
It didn't too much time in the second half for City to extend that lead through Samir Nasri, who scored the first of his two goals in the 58th minute. Yaya Toure set it up with a pass to him on the left flank, but Nasri did most of the work, beating two defenders with a great cutback move towards the center of the box before he scored. The Frenchman sealed the win for his team 20 minutes later, finishing off a cross by Pablo Zabaleta.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Clichy, Lescott, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Navas, Negredo
Goals: Negredo (8'), Nasri (58', 77')
Swansea: Tremmel, Davies, Williams, Chico, Tiendalli, Cañas, Shelvey, De Guzman, Pablo, Pozuelo, Vasquez