And then there were two. The 2016/17 season is still in its infancy, but Real Madrid’s draw with Villarreal on Wednesday means that only two of the 32 UEFA Champions League sides still have a 100% record this term: Manchester City and Bayern München.
City have made a dream start to life under Josep Guardiola and, ominously for potential opponents, the Spaniard reckons there is plenty of room for improvement. The Premier League leaders have managed nine wins in as many outings in all competitions, scoring 27 and conceding five.
The team Guardiola led until June, Bayern have themselves begun the new campaign with seven victories and a goal difference of +25 – their defence having been breached just once. Carlo Ancelotti also has something that Guardiola does not yet have at City as Bayern lifted the German Super Cup in August.
100% league starts
Only three UEFA Champions League sides have maximum points, with Manchester City (15 from five) and Bayern (12 from four) eclipsed by Basel. The Swiss club have won eight out of eight in their Super League, exactly as they did 12 months ago en route to their seventh successive title. They started with 13 in a row in 2003/04.
Bayern mustered ten on the bounce under Guardiola last term, a Bundesliga record, while the distant target for City is the English top-flight record of 11 set by Tottenham in 1960 (that run ended with a draw against City, by coincidence).
Unbeaten in all competitions in 2016/17
17 games – København (DEN) W10 D7
11 – Basel (SUI) W10 D1
9 – Manchester City (ENG) W9 D0
7 – Bayern München (GER) W7 D0
7 – Real Madrid (ESP) W6 D1
7 – Benfica (POR) W5 D2
6 – Napoli (ITA) W4 D2
6 – Atlético Madrid (ESP) W3 D3
6 – Beşiktaş (TUR) W3 D3