Dzeko believes City are starting to motor properly
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko felt the spirit of last season was returning as the champions thrashed Newcastle to reinvigorate their title defence.
Dzeko was among the goalscorers as City ran out 5-0 victors at the Etihad Stadium - their biggest win of the campaign - to cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.
City netted 102 goals in winning the competition last year but have been well below that exhilarating standard this term, and questions were asked of their durability during a recent poor run.
Manuel Pellegrini's men went four games without a league win early in the new year, allowing Chelsea to stretch ahead, but a 4-1 win at Stoke, followed by Saturday's success, has changed the mood.
Dzeko said: "I think the first half was maybe one of the best this season. Recently maybe we didn't play the best football, didn't score so many goals, but in the last two games we scored nine and hopefully we are back to normality - like we played last season. We have to continue."
City needed just 24 seconds to take command of the game, as the highly impressive Dzeko seized on a mistake by Vurnon Anita to win a penalty.
Sergio Aguero struck the from the spot - his 22nd goal of the season - and Samir Nasri and Dzeko joined him on the scoresheet inside the opening 21 minutes. A quickfire double from David Silva early in the second half put the seal on victory.