Manchester City were safely signed, sealed and delivered the Premier League title for the third consecutive year in the last four years after their neighbouring rivals, Manchester United, was defeated by Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. Manchester United, who presently are second in the standings, were unable to make up the deficit to their crosstown adversary as they stormed to a formidable fifth title claim in City’s club history.
How have the team won the premier league title so many times?
This unprecedented feat was realised under the guidance of former Bayern Munich Manager, Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola, who was recruited by Manchester City management all the way back in the February of 2016.
Since then, Pep has gone on to steer the Manchester City team from strength to strength by ending Liverpool’s reign as the former champions and giving the Spanish professional his third Premier League title in four seasons.
However, the road to victory was by no means easy, with a shaky start to the season, which saw the club’s lowest performance figures under Peps managerial history as they hovered around 13th in the table in late November.
Yet, by late March, City had one of the highest transfer bills of most clubs ($195 million) and signed on several big names including Rúben Dias, Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake to the squad while offloading former standouts Leroy Sane, Nicolás Otamendi, and club legend David Silva to not the greatest public support.
Critics would argue, however, that the money spent and the transfers made were justifiable as City would go on to set an English club record with 21 consecutive victories in all competitions, including 15 straight Premier League match wins, which slingshot them to the top of the table.
Football pundits point to City’s squad additions, depth, and expert squad balance were instrumental and proved the difference in a season that featured a short offseason due to the postponements and reduced last season calendar.
This is only the start of something greater for Pep and the team, winning the Premier League is not an achievement to be undermined, however, the team have their eyes on a greater prize.
Their sights are presently set on claiming the prestigious treble, which was last accomplished by an English team only in 1999 by Manchester United under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, which established the ‘Red Devils’ as legends in English football with their exploits yet to replicated by another team.
Having already clinched the Premier League and Carabao Cup titles, and with bookies placing the teams’ odds at 4/9 to win their first-ever Champions League title, many anticipate it won’t be long till Pep and his team follow in the footsteps of the legends that came before them.