Manchester City rewrites the record books

Manchester City after winning the 2017/18 English Premier League title. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Manchester City had already wrapped up its third English Premier League title last month when it sealed the trophy with five matches to spare. In doing this, the City Sky Blues equalled the record that arch rivals Manchester United had previously set for winning the trophy in the least number of games.

Manchester City players celebrate after scoring the goal that took them to 100 points. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

But City’s hunger for records continued until the final kick of the final game of the final day of the  season. An extra-time goal from Brazilian striker, Gabriel Jesus, saw City pass even more landmarks with a 1-0 win at Southampton, becoming the first team in top flight English football to achieve 100 points from wins and draws in a season. But the records didn’t stop there. City also recorded the most consecutive wins (18), the most goals scored in a season (106), the most wins in a season (32) and the biggest goal difference aggregate against their opposition in a season (+79), just to name a few.

There will be people who claim the 2004 Arsenal team, nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’ for going the whole season undefeated, still hold the honour of greatest English Premier League team in history. But the stats don’t lie. City had 10 more points than them this season, scored 33 more goals and also won an amazing six more games than The Invincibles.

Arsenal after winning the 2003–04 EPL title and finishing the season undefeated.

Of course nobody should ever forget the dizzying heights that Arsenal achieved. But in my opinion, this City team is the greatest we’ve seen in the 26 seasons of the Premier League. In such a tight race, my argument is that Arsenal drew eight games in their invincible season, whereas City went out with the desire to win games, and did so in breathtaking style.


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