When Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of Manchester City in the summer of 2016, a new era began.
The Catalan’s pedigree needed no introduction as a serial winner, and his unrivalled intellect has written an incredible and historic chapter in the Club’s glorious history!
City’s recent English football domination has been breathtaking: trophy-laden, record-breaking, and accomplished with a type of thrilling attack-minded beautiful possession-based game that has altered the sport.
The Centurions, the Fourmidables, the end-of-the-world tragedies… It’s been a wonderful and unforgettable ride (so far!) and to commemorate the occasion, we delve into the statistics that have made it all possible!
City still maintain the record for the most points scored in a Premier League season, having scored a spectacular and unprecedented 100 points in Guardiola’s first title win.
This was also the largest title-winning margin, with 19 points separating the Champions from second-placed Manchester United.
Retaining the title the following year with 98 points was the closest City have got to equalling the Centurions’ glory, with the 2020/21 trophy secured with 86 and last season’s success achieved with 93.
City have 536 points from 228 games under Guardiola’s tenure, averaging 2.82 points per game. In January of this year, the City manager became the Premier League’s fastest manager to reach 500 points.
City’s attacking power has naturally been a crucial component in our recent victories, and we broke yet another record in December of this season thanks to our goal-scoring exploits.
Phil Foden’s opener against Leeds United was the 500th goal scored during Guardiola’s tenure, ensuring the manager accomplished the landmark in the shortest period in competition history.
Those 500 goals were scored in just 207 games, at an average of 2.4 goals per game.
Our 106 goals in 2017/18 were the most by any team in a Premier League season, and it also broke the record for the greatest goal difference with +79.
City also scored 100 goals in the 2019/20 season and came one goal short last season. Overall, the Cityzens have netted 565 league goals under Guardiola.
City has won the league title on the last day more than any other team, doing so on four of our six victories.
City replicated the feat in 2018/19, defeating Brighton and Hove Albion, and again in 2021/22, battling back from two goals behind to edge Aston Villa in a five-goal thriller with three goals in under six minutes!
Fighting until the bitter end has always been the City way!