Men’s Team

In the most exciting Premier League title race since Sergio Agüero sealed it for us in 2011-12, the men’s team once again became champions on the last day of the season following a remarkable 14 straight victories.

This run demonstrated the players’ tenacity and willingness to fight to the end, enabling them to beat a highly competitive Liverpool team who had taken top spot for a large part of the season after City slipped back during a challenging December. In so doing, we became the first side in a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles.

Winning the Premier League in this way would have itself made 2018-19 a remarkable season. But the team delivered even more this year: we became the first side in history to win all four English honours in a single season. And we did so in style, scoring a remarkable 169 goals in all competitions – a new top-flight English record. We also became the first English top-flight side in history to win 50 matches in a single season in all competitions, six more than in 2017-18. In the cup tournaments, we defeated Chelsea on penalties to defend our Carabao Cup crown, while a 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final saw us win the competition for the sixth time in our history.

Raheem Sterling was named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year, recognition for a fine season in which he scored 25 goals and assisted 18 in 51 appearances across all competitions – further enhancing his reputation as one of the world’s best attacking players.

Six Manchester City players were named in the prestigious PFA Team of the Year, with Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Agüero and Sterling all selected. Agüero this year became the ninth striker to reach 150 Premier League goals within the fewest minutes (16,095) in competition history. And Pep Guardiola deservedly won the Premier League Manager of the Season award.

In the Champions League, City exited the competition at the quarter-final stage, losing to Tottenham on away goals after a dramatic second leg at the Etihad Stadium that will live long in the memory.

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Pitchside Analysis

In December 2018, we announced brand new technology to be brought to the dugout for both the men’s and women’s teams. Following new Premier League rules that allowed small technology devices at pitchside for the first time last season, we worked with long-term partner SAP to extend their existing technology coverage and give players access to the latest tactics and insights as they prepare to step onto the pitch.

Using a bespoke version of SAP Challenger Insights, City’s analysts load up tactical plans and opposition insights onto tablets in the lead-up to games, which players consult whilst training at the City Football Academy, in the Etihad Stadium dressing room on a matchday, and now on the touchline as well.

This partnership, which sees SAP solutions helping the Club operate and perform from the boardroom to the pitch, demonstrates our pioneering use of technology as one of the first clubs to deploy real-time tactics and information as players get ready to perform.