Watching Pep Guardiolas side dismantle their opponents in the FA Cup final was gruesome and reflective of a trend across Europe that suggests the time has come for a super league
Goals! Goals! Goals! Trophies everywhere. Manchester City were brilliant on Saturday, relentless and remorseless and thoroughly deserving of equalling the record-ever margin of victory in an FA Cup final. The domestic treble is unprecedented and so too is the quality of their football: 169 goals in 61 games in all competitions, 11 times they have scored five or more in a game this season. And yet, and yet
It is not just that this feels so unlike City, not just that it feels a few episodes have been skipped in a satisfying character arc from likeable buffoons to ruthless killing machine, it is that this felt so unlike a Cup final. In terms of competitiveness, you may as well have placed a yellow-and-black blancmange in the middle of pitch and smashed it with a sky blue oar.
This is Citys problem. They are too good and that has brought to the surface concerns about their ownership and financing that perhaps should have been more prominent earlier. There is no doubt that Pep Guardiola makes players better, and there is no doubt that City have spent their money incredibly efficiently. But equally the scale and source of those resources is something unprecedented even if the latest Uefa investigation does not prove wrongdoing. Saturdays final was not a game; it was a strangely gruesome exhibition.