The statistics behind Pep Guardiola's pulsating Premier League title success

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 April 2018, 10:12

Man City were crowned Champions of English football for the fifth time over the weekend after their fierce rivals Man Utd suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to rock-bottom West Brom.

In the process City boss Pep Guardiola became the 10th manager to win the Premier League title, as well as the first Spaniard to achieve this feat.

Guardiola, who won the Manager of the Month award a record-breaking four times on the spin, is the third Man City manager in seven seasons to win the Premier League following the successes of Roberto Mancini (2011/12) and Manuel Pellegrini (2013/14).

It’s quite remarkably Guardiola’s 24th honour since venturing into management with Barcelona in 2008, as he adds his brand spanking new trophy to the league titles he hoisted in Spain and Germany - in nine seasons in the dugout he's won a league title seven times. Incredible.

The way City won the title may have come in an unexpected fashion as Darren Moore’s Baggies toppled Jose Mourinho’s men on their own patch. However, the record-breaking Citizens have dazzled since the very first game of the season, with Guardiola’s scintillating style of football simply a joy to behold.

City have (so far) scored four or more goals on eight occasions; smashed Liverpool 5-0, trounced Tottenham 4-1, netted six without reply at Watford, and hammered seven past sorry Stoke.

Along the way they registered wins at the Theatre of Dreams, Stamford Bridge, Wembley, and the Emirates, completing the double over Chelsea, Spurs, and Arsenal.

Guardiola’s troops smashed the consecutive win record - they accumulated a whopping 18 straight victories between August and December - and then recorded the most ever passes in a Premier League game - 902 against defending champions Chelsea - and enjoyed 82.13% possession away to Everton.

With five games to spare Man City equalled the top-flight record for earliest title win. City also equalled the consecutive away win record (11), and will now look to break the following records: most points, most wins, most goals, most away wins, most away points, most home goals, best goal difference, and the winning points margin (between 1st & 2nd).

City, who are priced at 4/5 to retain the title next season, will now face Swansea at home on Saturday in their first match as Champions, followed by their final four games against West Ham, Huddersfield, Brighton, and Southampton.

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