Manchester City’s 2019/20 Premier League campaign may not have ended with the celebrations of trophy success but there were still plenty of magical moments, sizzling displays and remarkable records to celebrate.
The final day of the campaign saw City’s bright stars praised for their impressive contributions, as Ederson earned the Golden Glove, Kevin De Bruyne scooped the Playmaker of the Year, tying assist leader all time and Raheem Sterling completed his best scoring season as the Club’s top goal scorer.
Add, Pep Guardiola’s men racked up 100+ Premier League goals for the third time, finishing as the league’s top scorers for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons.
De Bruyne also landed becoming the fastest player to have reached 50 in the history of the Premier League, De Bruyne created the highest number of big chances with 33, crafting a season-high number of through-balls (32).
Alongside summer recruit Rodrigo and shot-stopper Ederson, KDB was also one of City’s top Premier League appearance makers with 35.
For some, maybe on the downside, Guardiola’s men also delivered the highest number of crosses with 914 and needless to say, almost a third (304) of those were whipped in by De Bruyne. Crossing was a huge point of contention this season as many saw them as unnecessary and serving no real purpose with no large striker.
Lastly, incredibly, City struck the woodwork a total of 27 times – ten more than second-placed Liverpool – with De Bruyne (6) unfortunate to finish joint top of the standings; one unsuccessful strike ahead of Sergio Aguero.
Always seeking to dominate possession, City executed a league-best number of passes (26,329) and touches with 33,242 racked up in total.
Now, as we focus on this week’s return of the Champions League, we see the numbers have laid bare a fairly successful season, but not to the par of previous City one’s.
With a dip in defensive security and the lack of gravitas of a real partner for Aymeric Laporte both in play and leadership, you mix in some key injuries and you have the recipe for City to lose the title by 15+ points.
Still, a second place finish domestically is nothing to look down at and they can only build from here. With rumors of an investment heavy window this time around fortunes should improve.
What is your final word on Manchester City’s 2019-2020 Premier League season?