Manchester City 2017/18 Premier League season review

Pep Guardiola - Feature

Manchester City finished the 2017/18 Premier League season as champions.

Read on for our review of their campaign, complete with expert analysis from Soccer Saturday pundit Phil Thompson.

Finishing position: 1st (+2)
Total points: 100 (+22)
FA Cup: Fifth round
Carabao Cup: Winners
Champions League: Quarter-finals
Top scorer: Sergio Aguero (21)

Manchester City blew the competition away in Pep Guardiola's second season in charge, starting with a 22-game unbeaten run which included a record-breaking total of 18 consecutive Premier League wins between August and December.

The title was already becoming a formality at that point, and while their hopes of going unbeaten were eventually ended by Liverpool in January and they missed the chance to clinch the crown against rivals Manchester United in April, City did finish the season with a record points haul (100) and a record goals total (106).

Their Carabao Cup triumph over Arsenal made it a domestic double, and their sensational attacking football raised the bar for the rest. City scored three or more goals in 21 Premier League games out of 38. It was, without doubt, one of the most impressive title-winning campaigns in the history of the competition.

Manchester City sent more records tumbling on Wednesday
Image: Manchester City sent more records tumbling in 2017/18

Best day of 2017/18

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The 1-0 win over Chelsea in September, when City comprehensively outplayed the champions on their own turf. It was landmark moment which hinted at what was to come.

Worst day of 2017/18

Throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, missing the chance to clinch the title against their arch-rivals.

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PHIL THOMPSON'S VERDICT

Managerial review

Pep has just been absolutely terrific, with the style of football as well as the impressive results. After the first season people were asking whether could do the same as at previous clubs, but he knew what he needed to do and it has been as near perfect a season as you could get.

Player of the year

So many have impressed. David Silva has been fantastic, Leroy Sane has been great and Raheem Sterling's performances have shocked me. I never thought he'd become the finished article.

However, the player of the year has to be Kevin De Bruyne as he makes everyone else play well with his game intelligence. He leads the high press from the midfield on top of his goals and assists. And if you had a pass of a season award, he would dominate the highlights reel.

The player of the year has to be Kevin De Bruyne as he makes everyone else play well with his game intelligence.
Phil Thompson

2018/19 prospects

Next season will be a massive challenge because they are the team to beat. It will be a massive challenge to repeat what they've done. They'll obviously be gunning for the Champions League and that will Pep's big aim and the club's Holy Grail.

Sky Bet odds for Premier League title 2018/19: 4/6

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