Manchester City 2017-18: Guardiola's men rack up records in title triumph
Pep Guardiola's transformation of Manchester City is complete after securing his first Premier League title thanks to Manchester United's 1-0 home loss to West Brom.
City won 3-1 against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday to move to the brink of glory, but United's shock home loss to the league's bottom side wrapped up the trophy they have seemed destined to lift since the start of an all-conquering campaign.
Guardiola's men were close to securing the silverware faster than any club in the competition's history, falling short of the April 14 mark set by United in 2000-01 by a single day.
While they missed out narrowly on that particular record, here are some of the best Opta numbers from City's special Premier League season.
28 - The champions' dominance has been evident across an impressive 28 league victories. They can surpass Chelsea's Premier League record of 30 (2016-17) by winning three of their remaining five fixtures.
5 - City match the English top-flight record by claiming the title with five games to spare, equalling the efforts of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85).
5 - Man City have won the Premier League title with five games remaining; equalling the English top-flight record. They have equalled the efforts of Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85) who all won the top-flight title with five games to spare. Cruise. pic.twitter.com/SbeV1CXB0u— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 15, 2018
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.
902 - The number of passes completed in a one-sided 1-0 victory over Chelsea in March represented a new benchmark since Opta began recording the data in 2003-04.
16 - With their victory at Wembley - and United's loss to West Brom - City are 16 points clear at the top and chasing down the Premier League's largest title-winning margin of 18, which was set by the Red Devils in 1999-00.
240 - Manchester City's 240 day total at the top of the league in 2017-18 is just one day fewer than Manchester United have spent at the top of the Premier League (in season) since Sergio Aguero's goal won the title in May 2012 (241). Noisy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 15, 2018
15 - Kevin De Bruyne, a strong contender for Player of the Year honours, has been an unstoppable creative force in his third season with the club, contributing a league-best 15 assists in his 33 appearances.
18 - Their run of 18 consecutive wins - from beating Bournemouth 2-1 on August 26 to a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United on December 27 - set a new Premier League record.
19 - City have beaten every opponent in the Premier League this season, becoming the third team in history to do so, after Chelsea (2005-06) and Manchester United (2010-11).
1 - Pep Guardiola is the first Spanish manager to win the English top-flight title. Pioneer. pic.twitter.com/9Br1HQZxyt— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 15, 2018