They say that a league campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. If that's the case, then Manchester City have just managed to coast for half a mile in the slipstream of a pack of Kenyan professionals while Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were all stuck behind two blokes in a pantomime horse outfit.
City's lofty ambitions got a huge boost at the weekend when their win over Chelsea was followed by the rest of their top four rivals all failing to win too.
With Manuel Almunia helping West Brom to a win at the Emirates, West Ham getting one over local rivals Spurs and Bolton holding United to a well-earned point, City were the only team in the top fifth of the table to win.
Oh, and for the record, Liverpool's draw with Sunderland means the weekend was the first time in almost two years that each of the traditional big four failed to win their league fixtures. That solitary point leaves Roy Hodgson's side lying in 16th, one point above relegation. Any Reds fans who said don't look at the table until at least 10 games in are now quickly re-evaluating that benchmark.
Former Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini has now done his own Premier League double over his erstwhile Milan counterpart Carlo Ancelotti. In all it's now three straight wins over Chelsea for City.
Mancini may have conceded that his team can't challenge Chelsea for the title this season, but Ancelotti was more complimentary about their chances following the 1-0 defeat at Eastlands. The truth is probably somewhere in between.
Sheikh Mansour's millions have never struggled to raise City for the big games but, while Mancini's tactics and several players' ambivalence towards less glamorous fixtures still cause them to drop valuable points, Carlos Tevez is just getting on with the job in hand.
The Argentine terrier has now scored a whopping 25 goals in his last 29 league appearances. His motivation may in part be the need to continually send new messages to friends and family (have you seen the price of stamps these days?) but time and again he is proving to be the best £25m that Alex Ferguson never spent.
Of course, Tevez is not completely doing it all by himself, and Mancini's fondness for a lone striker means he will always grab a large share of the goals, but if City's players are serious about creating something special at the club other than vast personal wealth, they must follow their captain's example every week.
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Roobish! It's down to Roo! No one to blame but Roo!
There's nothing like a raft of Wayne Rooney-based headlines to remind you how there are no depths a tabloid sub-editor won't plumb in order to crowbar in a pun about the Manchester United striker.
And the reason for this latest slew of Roo-bashing that dominates almost every back page? Why, Kevin Keegan's criticism of the beleaguered England forward of course.
The man who blazed a trail for all footballers now looking to capitalise on their stardom by appearing on TV game shows, starring in a Brut advert and released this crime against music (a Top 10 hit in Germany) has said Rooney only has himself to blame for all the negative media attention he has received.
Keegan said: "You can't have all the contracts, you can't sell your wedding to magazines and things like this and suddenly say, 'That's the tap I want to turn on but we want to turn the other one off.'
"You can't then turn around and say there's too much paparazzi around or there is too much publicity.
"One minute you are courting it, the next minute you're saying, 'I don't want this'."
In all fairness, Rooney's performance against Bolton was on a par with Dimitar Berbatov's, but seeing as the Bulgarian was coming off the back of a hat-trick at Liverpool, the press had to dig something out from anywhere they could.
Bolton were good value for their point, and they would have won had it not been for Michael Owen's 200th club goal in English football. But rather than give credit to the job Owen Coyle is doing in making the Trotters into a side that can play good football when they want to (they just don't want to all that often), it's a lot easier to recycle an old story which really doesn't concern anyone.
Never mind the fact that Tony Pulis has accused a Newcastle player of feigning injury, or that Stephen Warnock should have been sent off before his set up Aston Villa's winner against Wolves. If it's not Big Four, then it's not on the back page.
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COMING UP: Catch up on all the weekend's action with our Premier League video highlights of every match. Or, if you've actually got work to do on a Monday morning, save time by catching the weekend round-up (UK only). Later on we'll have Paul Parker's verdict, and the team will be discussing all the key issues in the latest Eurosport-Yahoo! football podcast.