After what seems like an aeon of waiting, Manchester City have finally won the Premier League title for the 2017/2018 football season – not that it was ever in any serious doubt since many weeks ago. But there is still something for them to aim at.
Having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley last weekend, their points total for the season currently stands at 87. The Premier League was inaugurated on the 15th August 1992. Since then, no team has managed to breach the 100-point barrier. Not until now that is.
Can City reach 102 points?
With five games left to play out this season, City have the potential to add another 15-points (maximum) to their tally to date, giving them a possible total of 102 points. In fact, they can even afford to draw one of their remaining five fixtures and still reach the 100-point target.
If they can make “the ton” in darts parlance, they will be the first team in Premiership history to do so. The highest points total for a season to date is 95. This was recorded by Chelsea football club some 13-years ago in 2005.
Most goals in a season record could also go
If Manchester City does manage to reach or even get past the 100-point barrier, they are likely to break another record too. That would be the most goals scored in a season by a club in the Premiership. Again, this record is also currently held by Chelsea, and it stands at 103 goals in all Premier League fixtures across a single season.
City’s goal tally currently stands at 93. Out of 33 games played this gives them an average score per game of 2.818 goals. If they can carry this average across their remaining five matches, they should notch up another 14 goals taking their total score to 107 for the season, eclipsing Chelsea’s 103 in the 2009/2010 season.
Yet another record in the offing?
Talking of firsts – City can also record the biggest-ever points margin of their rivals. The gap record currently stands at 18, set by Manchester United in the 1999/2000 season. If Pep Guardiola’s men can max-out their match-winning potential in their last five games, and Manchester United slip up, City could set a new points margin too.
Manchester City have come a long way since last season. It was Pep Guardiola’s first season as manager, and they finished the campaign 15 points behind league winners Chelsea.
Yes – spending does breed success
This season’s stunning success is much to the manager’s credit, but it does, of course, come on the back of a massive £400-million spending spree. It saw players such as Kyle Walker come from Spurs, plus the Monaco pair Benjamin Mendy and Bernado Silva, and Ederson Santana de Moraes, the Brazilian goalkeeper they purchased from Benfica.
When it comes to answering the question of does spending breed success in the Premier League, Manchester City are clear proof that it does. The statistics point to the fact that over the past ten years, Premiership clubs spend around £43-million per year, and that number is on the increase.
City to carry on spending big
While it hasn’t reached the dizzy heights of the £400-million that City spent last year, the average annual new player spend per club last season was £75.1-million. But one thing is for sure, and that is that Manchester City will continue spending big.
Rumour has it that they’ve set their targets on the likes of PSG’s Kylian Mbappé, and Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara, and that Mr Guardiola has £200-million set aside in his wallet to further strengthen his squad.