City scored more goals, shared among more players, had more shots and even hit the woodwork more times than anyone else. But, as he did in the sapping derby defeat to Manchester United last weekend, the England worldwide passed up a pair of glorious chances.
Fans could not believe it…and many thought losing at Old Trafford was worse than losing to City the week before.
Manchester City were too good for Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last night.
“We have 87 points and there are five games left”.
Ernesto Valverde’s side leads nearest challenger Atletico Madrid by 14 points in the standings, with Atletico hosting Levante and fourth-placed Real visiting basement club Malaga on Sunday. Soccer is unpredictable, however usually it’s a win in opposition to West Brom. With the league title wrapped up a month from the end of the season and City on course for a record number of both points and goals it seems business as usual for Guardiola, if so are we only in the middle of his usual cycle.
Wherever you look, City have broken records or stand on the verge of creating another. It now belongs to United, who finished 18 ahead of Arsenal in 1999-2000.
Is this Manchester City side the best ever seen in the Premier League?
City dominated the first half and went ahead in the 22nd minute when Vincent Kompany’s long pass released Jesus to score in clinical fashion. They’ve been by far the best team in the league. In short, Arsene Wenger is all-in on the Europa League, which will see them face Atletico Madrid in the semifinals beginning next week.
When the pressure was really on, City delivered, but the same could not be said of their rivals. The problem will be next season to compete with what he has done.
City host Swansea next Sunday but could even be confirmed as champions as early as Sunday if United lose at home to rock bottom West Brom.
3 – Guardiola is the third manager to win the Premier League in addition to at least two of the other top-five European leagues, joining Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho in the exclusive club.
“It’s the same feeling as the first time and you can’t describe it”, the Belgian told Sky Sports.
Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.