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Guardiola's record-breaking Premier League feats

Pep Guardiola’s magnificent feat in overseeing 500 Premier League points for Manchester City in record time was yet more proof positive of the manager’s incredible impact during his five and a half years at the Etihad.

Under Guardiola’s remarkable reign, City have become the byword for footballing excellence, mixing football artistry and consistent standards of excellence to devastating effect.

The Catalan has presided over the most successful period in the Club’s history, to date lifting 10 trophies and winning every competition on offer in England.

Along the way, Pep has also established himself as a record-breaking trailblazer who will leave an indelible mark on both City and English football, establishing a legacy which will stand the test of time.


Pep’s latest landmark achievement, following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, was one that saw him reach the 500-point milestone in just 213 games.

The previous quickest manager to have reached the 500 mark was Jose Mourinho, who achieved the feat in 231 matches.

Just for good measure, Guardiola was also the quickest manager to reach both 300 points (125) and 400 points (172) ahead of Saturday’s latest landmark.

It’s a superb record – but it was the only the latest in a series of outstanding feats that have seen Pep and City constantly rewrite the Premier League record books.

Just last month, Guardiola’s City chalked up the 500th Premier League goal of his reign when Phil Foden found the target during our 7-0 home victory over Leeds United.

The City boss achieved the feat in just 207 matches, the fastest of any Premier League manager, with an astonishing average of 2.4 goals per game.

It saw the Catalan overtake names such as Jurgen Klopp (234), Sir Alex Ferguson (265), Arsene Wenger (271) and Jose Mourinho (289) in the process.

Yet again, Pep also set the standards in terms of being the quickest manager to oversee 200 goals (81 games), 300 goals (120 games) and 400 (162 games).

Guardiola is also the quickest Premier League manager have registered 150 wins in the competition, reaching that milestone in just 204 matches following City’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa in December 2021.


In the process, the City boss became only the fourth manager in the competition’s history to reach that milestone at one club, surpassing the record set by Jose Mourinho (231) in the process.

The close of 2021 also saw Guardiola and City establish two other momentous new English football firsts.

City closed a memorable 12 months having chalked up 36 top-flight victories across the calendar year – another record achievement.

It saw us eclipse the previous best tally of 33 which had been established by Bob Paisley’s Liverpool side in 1982.

Alongside that notable achievement Guardiola and City meanwhile chalked up another significant milestone.

We recorded 19 wins on the road across the league over the course of 2021, more than any other top-flight side has managed in the history of English football.


That tally saw us surpass the previous record of 17 which had been established by Bill Nicholson’s famous double-winning Tottenham side of 1960-61, widely recognised as one of the finest this country has ever seen.

The 2021/22 season has also seen Pep rewrite City history to hugely significant effect too.

Our superb 1-0 victory away at Chelsea in September 2021 was Guardiola’s 221st in charge of City, and saw him overtake Les McDowell as the manager to have achieved the most wins in the Club’s history.

The Catalan achieved the feat in just 303 matches in all competitions, a win rate of 72.9%.

Since then, Guardiola has overseen a further 18 victories, bringing his total to 239 wins in just 327 matches.

Guardiola’s City have become renowned for creating a plethora of remarkable Premier League records having hit a number of milestones in each of our three previous title-winning campaigns.

In 2017-18, City's Centurions were utterly dominant as the boss got his hands on the trophy for the first time.

Our 100-point tally remains the largest in the competition history and the 106 goals we scored is more than any other side has ever managed, whilst our +79 goal difference is also the best the Premier League has seen.

We won 16 games away from home that season to set another record and our 19-point advantage over second placed Manchester United remains the biggest winning margin.

The 32 victories over the course of the campaign and a run of 18 consecutive wins were also Premier League records, though both are shared with Liverpool’s 2019-20 championship-winning team.

In 2018-19, the title race went to the wire as we pipped the Anfield side by a point on the final day, with a record-breaking run of form at the Etihad proving crucial.

Our 18 home wins was the most achieved by any team as we equalled Roberto Mancini’s 2011-12 side, as well as Chelsea (2005-06) and United (2010-11), with Liverpool doing the same in 2019-20.

We also recorded the fewest draws that season (2), which is another milestone we share with Tottenham Hotspur (2018-19) and Sheffield United (2020-21).

The records continued to tumble as Guardiola claimed his third Premier League crown last season.

In one of the most demanding campaigns ever, City won 12 consecutive away games between December and May to write our name into the history books again.

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 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.

Guardiola’s men also achieved a record run of consecutive away wins in all competitions for a top flight team (20), a Club and English record run of consecutive unbeaten away matches (23) and an English record run of consecutive away league wins (12) during the season.

Another first was established when we won all nine of our competitive fixtures in January 2021, the most by any team in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the formation of the Football League in 1888.

And by way of further illustrating Pep’s amazing impact, desire and amazing consistency, the City manager also leads the rankings in four other categories for all managers with 50+ games in the Premier League.

Best points-per-game record (2.35)
Highest winning percentage (74.2)
Most goals per game (2.45)
Fewest goals conceded per game (0.80)

It all adds up to compelling backstory as to the impact Pep has had on City and English football.

And given the manger’s appetite for success – and the quality of City’s squad – few would bet against him going on to break yet more records!