You could forgive Manchester City for already pencilling in an open-top bus parade to mark their would-be third Premier League title in four seasons.
However, while it looks a nailed-on certainty that Pep Guardiola’s rampant table-toppers will reclaim their crown from 2019/2020 champions Liverpool, it isn’t won quite yet.
But the Blues can take a step closer to winning the title if they defeat neighbours Manchester United on Sunday.
It’s a staggering run of form which has allowed Guardiola’s side to put one hand on the title, amid further pushes for domestic and European honours.
City are flying with focus, but that only underlines why the champions-elect – and each player inside the dressing room – are taking things one step at a time.
In an interview with the club’s official website, summer signing Ferran Torres said: “We’ve got two great results against them this season, because we all believe in the things we do.
“We have plenty of self-confidence, we have faith in the team-mate who is next to us on the pitch, we are all one.
“Team success comes before any individual achievement, we need to know that if we all work for the team and we achieve things all together, we will all have a personal reward, too.
“I think every player has contributed giving to the team exactly what was expected from him, working for the group, not himself.”
Torres added: “The people have transmitted to me how important the derby is for this city. There’s a big rivalry between the clubs that comes from long ago.
“But we need to work as we always do, with great enthusiasm and being humble, to try to get a win that would be very important for the blue side of the city and for us, too.”