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Edward Bass, Staffer

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In a tied match against fellow English side Southampton, the score was tied and the clock was ticking. Time was running out for English side Manchester City to score which would push their season total to 100 points, a feat no other Premier League team has ever done. It wasn’t until the last minute of the game when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City lobbed the ball over the Southampton goalkeeper to give Manchester City the win. With the crowd wild and the coaches and players going crazy in celebration, Manchester City achieved the unbelievable. Being the only team in history to do this, head coach Pep Guardiola set the team up to break many more records.

From the beginning of the season, Manchester City was on fire. They never lost the 1st place spot in the league, as from day one they were top of the table. With only one loss in the league the entire season, the debate has raged on on if this team is the best team the Premier League has ever seen. The two teams that match this Manchester City team are Arsenal’s “Invincibles” in 2003-04, where they went undefeated in the league the entire season and the Manchester United side that won the title in 1998-99, as well as the Champion’s League and FA Cup, which an ongoing tournament of English teams during the year, seperate from the Premier League. This team achieved the famous treble, winning all three competitions they participated in, a feat only a few teams in the world have ever achieved. No matter who is compared to this year’s Manchester City team, the records they achieved are truly incredible.

It wasn’t three record or five records that were broken, an astonishing 11 records were broken by the Manchester City team this year. Some of the most amazing ones include biggest title winning margin, most goals scored and most wins. The team finished 19 points ahead of the second place team in the league, cross-town rivals Manchester United, breaking the record held by Manchester United of a difference of 18 points. The team scored 106 goals in the season as well, breaking the record of Chelsea F.C. in the 2009-2010 season. They also broke Chelsea’s record of 30 wins, with Jesus’ goal on the final day against Southampton gave them 32 wins. Along with these records, Manchester City also recorded the most passes ever in a season by a team, with a completed 28,242 passes in the season. The team also set a record of most consecutive wins with 18, amassing five more wins than the previous record held of 13. Along with the consecutive wins, the team also recorded the most away wins, an impressive accomplishment in itself.

The stats Guardiola has achieved has cemented his place as not only one of the best managers in the Premier League, but also one of the best managers in the world. Manchester City should continue to dominate the Premier League for seasons to come. With the standard already set so high, there’s no limit for what this team could achieve.

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