Manchester City was probably expecting to win the Premier League title with victory over Swansea City this coming Sunday, with the odds stacked heavily against basement club West Brom beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, football has a funny way of surprising you and a lacklustre United was beaten 1-0 by Darren Moore’s Baggies side after Jay Rodriguez struck in the 73rd minute. This saw Manchester City declared as champions, capping off what has been a superb season for the blue half of Manchester.
Pep Guardiola has really worked his magic this season with his squad and they have now completed the double after winning both the league title and the Carabao Cup. A lot was made of the Spaniard splashing big on fullbacks such as Kyle Walker in the summer, but it appears to have been a masterstroke with City wrapping up proceedings with five games left to play.
City’s latest Premier League crown now means that they have won three over the last seven seasons, with this one being their fifth in total in the top flight. Guardiola, 47, steered City to a 3rd place finish last season but he has really progressed, not only the team but individual players superbly this campaign with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane playing starring roles.
It really has been a remarkable campaign for Manchester City with them so far scoring 93 goals and only suffering defeat twice at the time of writing. It’s also been a record-breaking season too, with City first of all breaking the Premier League record for consecutive wins after they recorded 18 straight victories. Guardiola’s side has been dominant when it comes to possession too, with their 82.13% share recorded against Everton at Goodison Park being the highest ever recorded.
City also managed to break the record for the most completed passes in a single game after making 900 successful passes against Chelsea. This has really set the benchmark for what this Manchester City side can achieve, and with a couple of new additions, what they could achieve going forward. They will certainly be out to defend their status as Premier League champions next season, and based on their performances this season, it will prove very difficult for any other side in the division to not only stop them, but to get close to them in the first place.
Their real ambition is to win the Champions League, and this has been the case since the project began around a decade ago. It’s also one of the key reasons Guardiola was hired by the club as he guided Barcelona to victory in Europe’s top club competition twice. There’s no denying that this City side is good enough to be crowned kings of Europe, and with spending likely once again this summer, next season could be the year where they announce themselves on the world stage for the very first time.