LONDON - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking for his in-form side to continue to show the consistency needed to win back the Premier League title, after they equalled a club record run of nine consecutive league wins on Sunday.
Since losing 4-2 to big rivals Manchester United in April, City have proved unstoppable.
And, while their late run last season was not enough to prevent Chelsea from winning the league, City are top of the table three games into the current campaign after a 2-0 success at Everton on Sunday, equalling a club best last set in 1912.
After watching goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri give City only a second win in seven attempts at Goodison Park, Pellegrini said: "I knew about that (the record). It is important that we have nine points this season and also finished last season playing very well because it is not easy to win six games in a row.
"We are continuing the way we finished last season. If you want to win silverware, you have to be consistent.
"The important thing is to be a consistent team until the end. That is why it was important to win here, because Everton are a very difficult team.
"It is so difficult to compare (teams). It is my third season here in this team. In my first (season), we won both the Premier League and the League Cup, and we were the highest-scoring team in the history of the competition.
"The important thing is that we are in a new season, that we started playing well in three games and we can score goals in every game. That is why we have scored eight goals and have three clean sheets.
"It is important - we are just starting the season, but to continue in what we are doing."
Everton manager Roberto Martinez claimed that City's first goal had been crucial in deciding the outcome, after his side hit the crossbar just before half-time through Romelu Lukaku.
Martinez, whose side lost for the first time this season, said: "We weren't clinical enough in front of goal but in terms of effort and a proper confrontation against, in my eyes, the best team in the league at the moment, we can take a lot of positives for a real strong platform in order to work towards what's ahead of us.
"Today they were at their very best, when they only need half a chance to hurt you. We are younger and have more potential, but need to fulfil that."
Everton were watched by River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori, whose proposed £6 million (S$13 million) move to Merseyside is expected to be completed once he has passed a medical and received a work permit.
"He is a player who is 24, a left-footed centre-half who will fit the squad extremely well," said the Everton manager.
"You don't get many opportunities of signing a player who has won the Copa Libertadores and brings that winning mentality into the squad.
"I expect to complete three signings before the window closes."
Martinez, who again stressed that he expects Chelsea transfer target John Stones to stay at Goodison Park, has also been linked with Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko and Shakhtar Donetsk forward Bernard.