Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Guardiola salutes his City side after hitting 100-point mark

Guardiola salutes his City side after hitting 100-point mark

It's not just a number for Pep Guardiola, who was the most positive kind of bewildered after Gabriel Jesus' stoppage time victor made Manchester City the first 100-point team in English history.

Moments later, the full-time whistle was blown, and City's campaign came to close, 106 goals, 100 points, and 32 wins later.

Brazil striker Jesus latched on to Kevin De Bruyne's excellent raking pass in the 93rd minute at St Mary's to ensure City became the first team in English top-flight history to reach three figures. City have made a habit of breaking new statistical ground while turning the title race into a procession.

Guardiola's team have been focused on rewriting the record books since clinching the English title nearly a month ago and they added one last landmark achievement on the final day of the season.

Dejan Lovren added a second before Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson scored their first goals for Liverpool to complete a routine victory in its last match before playing the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

The most obvious difference between Guardiola's City and other recent champions is that City have a stronger squad, but there is also an important stylistic difference.

"I'm delighted to sign my new contract". We can't be higher by way of numbers. "100 points is a massive achievement".

"One hundred points is a lot, and it shows how stable we were all season".

"When you analyse the numbers, I would say we can't improve the numbers, no".

"But we were focused, and at the end, an excellent pass from Kevin and fantastic finish from Gabriel made the difference and achieved that record".

Guardiola's Manchester City side ran away with the title this term following their brilliant displays as they also won the League Cup in the Spaniard's second season in charge at The Etihad.

"I thought we put in a fantastic, professional performance, which is what I demanded before the game and credit to the guys".

"Sometimes, the guys who try to win, you have your reward".

City controlled first-half possession but Saints, buoyed by the positivity from the stands, nearly took an early lead with Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt heading against Claudio Bravo's crossbar from a Dusan Tadic corner. "It was incredible, one of those games at the end of the season where both teams want to attack", said Kane. "I was given a short-term contract to come and do a job and that's what I've done". It would have been easy to take our eye off the ball after on Tuesday night.

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