Four major talking points ahead of final matchday of Premier League 2017/18
13 May, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Judy Cobb
City broke the Premier League points record by taking their season's tally to 97 with a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday and victory over Southampton on Sunday will see them finish the campaign with a century.
It remains highly unlikely but because rampant City are seeking to underline their record-shredding campaign with a landmark century of points, few Southampton or Swansea fans can quite convince themselves it is over yet.
Guardiola says the chance to set new records has ensured his players have stayed focused since the title was wrapped up four weeks ago.
Getting the three points on Sunday to finish with exactly 100 clearly means a good deal to the Spaniard, who noted after City's 3-1 steamrollering of Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday that it would "finish this nearly flawless season".
Pep Guardiola's men have steamrollered their way through 2017/18, leading all sides in terms of possession, passes completed, pass completion percentage and shots on target, netting over 100 goals already and hungry for more.
Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool for £44m in the summer of 2015, earns about £170,000 a week on a deal that has two years remaining. "They won a lot of things", he said. Too good to be true, but the fans can still hope for a miraculous ending to the season.
"They are champions, from the first day in the locker room".
The best performance ever, statistically, in an English season came from Liverpool in 1978-79 when a win was still worth two points.
Meanwhile, Southampton sit just three points above the relegation zone in 17th place, but their +9 goal difference over Swansea - effectively +10 given goals scored - means it would take a huge home defeat coupled with a big win for the Swans to see the south coast club relegated.
"Now we are going to change some details". Now we are champions, even though the team are young.
"I didn't know that but, with all respect, it looks ridiculous to me".
Said Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal: "We can't depend on ourselves and we don't like that".
Toure, 34, has won three Premier League titles and four domestic cups during his eight seasons at City.
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