Guardiola has done the impossible. Manchester
City’s record-breaking season has come to an end and The Sky Blues were
undoubtedly unrivalled – in a season where crowning City English Premier League
champions was all a matter of time. All in a league that’s considered one of
the toughest in the world.
Prior to winning, Guardiola
himself said the league was even harder than the Uefa Champions League.
cannot imagine,” he told reporters. “It is every three days for our side and
everybody else. It is the most difficult thing.”
And now his team is being hailed
as one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time. With the ongoing
debate on which is the best Premier League side ever, particularly if you think
of the achievements of Arsenal's "Invincibles" in 2003/04 and the
Manchester United side of 1998/99.
City smashed a whopping 11 records this season, and we’ve picked out just
five of the most mind-blowing.
The most points in a season. The
Citizens became the first team in English history to reach 100 points thanks to
Gabriel Jesus' injury-time winner on Sunday. Before the team reached triple
digits, the previous Premier League record was 95 points – set by José Mourinho's
Chelsea in 2004/05.
Most goals in a season. The Sky Blues
finished the season with 106 goals in all competitions. They scored at a rate
of over 2,8 goals per game. The team beat the Carlo Ancelotti-led Chelsea’s
record of 103 goals in the 2009/10 season.
Most wins in a season. Guardiola ensured
even the most recent records were broken. After Antonio Conte's Chelsea took
the Premier League by storm with a record 30 wins in the 2016/17 season, City
broke the record with a whopping 32 wins in 38 games.
Winning the title with the biggest margin. Manchester United finished 19 points behind City. This saw City
break the record set by Sir Alex Ferguson's side when they won the 1999/00
season 18 points clear of Arsenal.
Most consecutive wins. Another one of
Conte’s records smashed by Guardiola, which was jointly held by Arsène Wenger’s
Arsenal. Arsenal and Chelsea held the record with 13 straight victories, but
City leaped to an 18-game straight victory this season.