CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND
Manchester City are the champions of England for the year 2017/18. This is City’s 3rd Premier League title and Pep Guardiola’s first. The City manager has been an absolute revelation. After his affirmative conclusion that he’s going to play the possession game, not many football critics contemplated a title-winning season. Not after their abominable performance last year. Guardiola was very certain that he’d better his defence and after spending a whopping £220.68 million only on the rearguard, City finally have something to be pleased about. City have won the Premier League in style and they’ve broken every possible record scripted. Let’s take a look at the records Manchester City can break/have broken this season.
FINISHED SECOND BEST
Only Shakhtar Donetsk, Wigan Athletic, Liverpool & Manchester United were able to beat City in their best league season for far. The blues were favourites to advance further in the champions league but were completely outplayed by a swashbuckling Liverpool, who’ve made it to the finals and deservedly so.
RECORDS MANCHESTER CITY CAN BREAK THIS SEASON
City have been scoring goals for fun this season. In the Premier League, the record for the maximum goals in a season is 103 held by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009/10. City have already scored 102 goals and have 3 more games to play. That number is bound to be shattered.
Chelsea in their league-winning 2009/10 season registered 95 points. That record also will be smashed to smithereens. City are currently on 93 points and have 3 games in hand. If they win all games hereafter, they’ll become the second team in top flight football to score 102 points. Juventus managed 102 points in the 2013/14 season. Real Madrid in 2011/12 and Barcelona in 2012/13 are the only teams to score 100 points in Europe.
Chelsea won the most number of Premier League games in their title-winning season last year. The Londoners completed 30 victories in 38 games. Manchester City have already recorded 30 wins in 35 games. One more record that’ll be pummeled.
City smashed Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s 13-game winning spree in the league. The champions went on to win 18 games in a row. City’s unbeaten streak ended on the new year’s eve where Crystal Palace held them to a draw.
BIGGEST GOAL DIFFERENCE
City’s goal difference is already +76 after 35 games. 5 better than what Chelsea managed in the year 2009/10. If City manage to lose all three with a 5 goal margin, they’ll still be joint leaders. However, the kind of football City are playing, that’s highly unlikely to happen.
LARGEST POINTS MARGIN
Manchester City currently are 16 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester United. The record for the highest margin is held by United who won the 1999/00 season with an eighteen point margin. The record is still mathematically intact.
TITLE SUCCESS WITH GAMES TO PLAY
Manchester City had 5 games left to play when they won the league title this year. United’s loss against West Bromwich Albion meant City gained an unassailable 16-point lead.
HIGHEST COMPLETED PASSES
City managed to pile up some mind-boggling numbers as far as this aspect of the game is considered. Last year City managed the highest completed passes in a season. 20,506 passes with an 84% pass accuracy. This year though that number has been belted into oblivion. City this year have completed 26,084 passes and they still have 3 more games to play. Scary.
POSSESSION PERCENTAGE PUMMELED
Manchester City last year had the highest possession percentage ever. They topped the list with 64%. This year that number has been made to look ordinary. The blues’ possession percentage this year is a jaw-dropping 71.3%. Those gargantuan numbers are beyond the bounds of possibilities.
City have done the unthinkable this season. Winning the title wasn’t an unimaginable idea, but the way they’ve won it, has to be one of the most satisfying feelings for a city fan. Pep has created an absolute monster and the squad is only going to get better for the next season. Can Pep win a second league title? The title hasn’t been successfully defended since Manchester United did it in 2008/09. Can the blue moon rise yet again in 2019? The sides are going to get better and the Premier League like it does every year, is going to get more intense.
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