It didn’t quite match the drama of Sergio Aguero’s now fabled last gasp winner on the final day of the season six years ago, but Gabriel Jesus’ winner against Southampton on Sunday put the finishing touches on Manchester City’s remarkable Premier League season. It saw them break another record.
The win over Southampton saw City reach the 100-point mark for the season, becoming the first team in Premier League history to reach that benchmark. Pep Guardiola’s side have blown away the competition in England this season and this was the ultimate illustration of their supremacy.
Reaching the 100-point mark was the landmark achievement that this Man City team needed to go down as truly legendary. They will now sit alongside the Manchester United team that won the Treble in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson and the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ who went the whole season unbeaten under Arsene Wenger. All they need is a catchy name to be remembered by.
Next season, things will likely be tougher for Manchester City, at least domestically. While there is no doubting their quality, they have benefitted from a weak field in the Premier League. They had no competitor for the title this season, with Man Utd the closest to them, ultimately finishing 19 points adrift of their rivals.
But the field will strengthen over the summer. Arsenal, for instance, will have a new manager after the departure of Wenger at the end of the current season. That new manager will most likely lead an overhaul of the squad, with Chelsea also expected to replace Antonio Conte before the start of the new season. They won’t be as poor as they have been over the past year.
Man Utd will have another summer to improve and strengthen in the transfer market, with Jose Mourinho expected to clear a lot of the deadwood that has weighed down the club this season. Mauricio Pochettino has made a thinly veiled demand to the Spurs board to back him in the transfer market too, and so there could be some big names arriving at a newly built White Hart Lane this summer.
Then there’s Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s team have shown their potential in making a run to the final of the Champions League, with the Reds blitzing Man City in the quarter finals of the competition. If they can carry that momentum into the Premier League next season, Liverpool might be best placed of all the chasing pack to challenge City.
But even if Man City are toppled next season, they will be remembered as the team that reached three figures in their points tally. There’s a case to be made that they have enjoyed the most dominant season ever enjoyed by a Premier League team. Nobody has come close to them and they have a 100-point tally to point to as evidence of their brilliance.
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