In what has been the most challenging and demanding of campaigns played against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the quality and consistency of Pep Guardiola’s squad has garnered widespread praise and admiration.
The continued excellence of City under Pep is further reinforced with the fact that we have now won ten of the past 15 available major English trophies counting from the 2017/18 campaign to today.
Furthermore, the guiding principles of reinvention, resilience and teamwork underpinning the squad, have seen City create a number of new and notable record-breaking achievements along the way to securing a third Premier League crown in four years.
The advent of 2021 saw City establish a new Premier League record for the longest sequence of wins from the start of a calendar year thanks to the 13 league victories we chalked up between January 3 and March 2 of this year.
That formed the centrepiece of a quite remarkable run of 21 consecutive wins in all competitions between December and March which saw City establish another new English topflight record.
City also equalled the Premier League record of 19 for the longest run of games without going behind, achieving that distinction between November 28, 2020 and March 2 of this year.
That sustained run of excellence also helped see Pep Guardiola’s squad equal our Club record run of 28 games without defeat between November 25, 2020 and March 2, 2021 matching the tally we achieved between April and December in 2017.
City also broke new ground by becoming the first team in the history of the Premier League to be as low as eighth on Christmas Day and then go on to win the title.
In what has proved a season like no other, the records kept on tumbling with City establishing another notable English first by winning all nine of our competitive fixtures in January.
That was the most by a team in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the formation of the Football League in 1888.
City have also blazed a record-breaking trail on the road.
Last weekend’s impressive 2-0 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace made it 19 consecutive away wins across all competitions this term – another English top-flight record.
It also secured our 11th consecutive Premier League triumph – equalling the record figure jointly held by Chelsea in 2008 and ourselves in 2017. We now have the chance to set a new record when we travel to Newcastle United on Friday evening.
All told, City have now gone 22 games unbeaten away, yet another Club landmark eclipsing a record the record previously established by Joe Royle’s City side between January and September of 1999.
Guardiola’s squad are also rewriting the record books on the continent too with our march to the Champions League final seeing us establish several more club firsts.
Tuesday’s 2-0 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain means we are on our longest unbeaten run in the UEFA Champions League having gone 12 games unbeaten between 21 October, 2020 and 4 May, 2021.
It also saw us set a new record for the longest winning run by an English side in Europe’s elite club competition (7).
City are also in the midst of our longest unbeaten home run in the UEFA Champions League, a sequence that now extends for 14 games covering the period from 7 November, 2018 through to 4 May, 2021 (ongoing).
Congratulations to Pep, his backroom staff and all the players on their sustained excellence this season.