As the season drew to a close, the blues sat just one win away from breaking the points attained record in one season and two goals for the all-time goalscoring record. With three games remaining, it was impossible to see City failing to break either of those records, while setting some new ones.
Two home games were followed by a final day at Southampton which could see City reach 102 points for the season. And they came so close to achieving it.
6th May 2018 – Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield Town
On paper, City’s final run in was apparently relatively easy. Home games against Huddersfield and Brighton and a trip to the south coast should have seen return of nine points. By comparison, Huddersfield faced City and Chelsea away, while welcoming Arsenal at home. Not what you would call an easy run-in. And to cap it all, the Terriers arrived with City in title winning mode – the trophy would be presented to City at the end of the match.
But Town were there to do a job, not watch on while City took all the glory. And what a job they did. The visitors stood firm against a City side that had been so rampant throughout the season, ruthlessly dispatching team after team. But the Terriers held on for a point that would inch them closer to safety.
For City, it was a minor blip as they lifted the Premier League trophy in front if the home supporters. City were champions again.
9th May 2018 – Manchester City 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
It was an emotional night for the blues fans as the legend that is Yaya Toure played his final game for the club. The Ivorian was made captain and his name was replaced with the word ‘Legend’ on the teamsheet.
But Toure failed to score to give him a fairytale farewell. Danilo gave City the lead on 16 minutes, but conceded an equaliser four minutes later. Bernardo Silva scored as City retook the lead, and the match was wrapped up in the 72nd minute thanks to a strike from Fernandinho.
The goals record broken, points record broken and now most wins record was also in sight, and a win at Southampton would break that too But the night was all about Toure. The midfielder had collected seven trophies during his time at City, and at the end of the match, his brother Kolo came onto the pitch and presented him with a commemorative City shirt.
The fans said goodbye at the end of an era, but we’re all sure that’s not the last we’ve seen of Yaya in the Premier League.
13th May 2018 – Southampton 0-1 Manchester City
The blues needed one more win to break the most wins in one season record. They were currently level on 31 with Spurs, a record that had been held for 57 years. In addition, a final win would see City become the first Premier League side to hit 100 points in the season.
It was a struggle against the Saints, who had to avoid a heavy defeat and hope Swansea didn’t win by a cricket score to stay up. The home side frustrated City and while it remained 0-0, Saints were safe from the drop.
But the old combination of relegation-threatened opposition, final day of the season and last minute goals came back again. In almost tribute to City’s first Premier League title in 2012, City left it very late to score. Kevin de Bruyne’s magnificent pass found Gabriel Jesus onside and clear. The keeper raced out, but Jesus calmly chipped the ball over him with virtually the last kick of the game.
As Jesus whipped his top off and celebrated with the fans, the City bench exploded. Substitutes ran to the fans to celebrate while Pep Guardiola jumped off the bench and punched the air with delight as his City team hit one hundred points and 32 wins.
It was an incredible end to a breath-taking season full of goals, wins and, well more goals really. And the news that Guardiola signed a new three year contract has left the blues wondering what else he can achieve with this amazing side.